Welcome to the new K9 Memorial UK website

Our story

We thought that this would be a great opportunity to tell the story of how our journey began to those of you who are new to us.

I had always dreamed about being Police Dog Handler, since I saw a Police Dog van go flying past me when i was 13.

I joined Essex Police in 1987, and spent the next 13 years learning to be a cop, applying and failing to join the dog section many times. I finally succeeded in 2000, probably the best day in my life.


My first ‘partner’ was Sabre, who was quickly nicknamed ‘Mr Sibbs’. We attended the dog school at Mount Browne in Surrey for our initial 13 week course, and what a ball we had. It was a paid hobby. I loved it. And I loved Mr Sibbs. He was my best buddy.

We returned to Essex and began working (if you could call it that). Our relationship began to grow. But it was becoming increasingly apparent that he wasn’t going to be the bravest of Police Dogs. That didn’t bother me. I was still so proud of him and we were a team, trusting and relying on each other.

But there is always an elephant in the room. One day I would lose him….

Then that day arrived, I was at my sister’s wedding. The day before I’d taken him to the vets as he had been a bit under the weather. So I’d asked the kennel girls to keep an eye on him.

During the afternoon I got ‘that’ call that every handler dreads.

“We’re so sorry Paul, we didn’t have any option.” They had taken him to the vets and found he had cancer and his spleen had ruptured. It was the kindest thing not to bring him round from the anaesthetic. It still haunts me to this day that I wasn’t with him when he went.

Starting K9 Memorial

I was heartbroken.

My world had fallen apart. I used to sit in his kennel and smell his blanket just to try to be close to him.

As time went by, I wanted to find a way to remember him. But in the U.K there was only a plaque at the National Memorial Arboretum.

I thought that our Police Dogs deserved to much more so I teamed up with Essex sculptor John Doubleday and we began our journey to create a memorial that reflects the remarkable service and sacrifice that our Police Dogs give.

We’ve added RPD Duke to our Tribute Wall

Born 2011 –  Surrey Police

RPD Duke  is 7.5 years old and retired in September this year.

He was a Firearms Support Dog with Surrey Police for 6 years, he was a very successful and extremely effective dog, especially tracking and in the FSD role.

He is extremely loving and now he his retired is learning that he doesn’t have to be on duty all the time!

His family are committed to giving him many new experiences to integrate him into his retirement. He even has his own Facebook page.

You can see all the other dogs from the Surrey and Sussex Tribute Wall by clicking here.

We’ve added RPD Anya to our Tribute Wall

2009-2016 Sussex Police

RPD Anya was only 7 when she passed away from cancer. She was a GPD in Sussex mainly patrolling West Sussex.

At 5.5 she was diagnosed with a collapsed lower spine and Mr Fitzpatrick from the Supervet agreed in completing a ground breaking operation to get her back to work.

Anya was featured on the series and had a successful operation, unfortunately her recovery took far too long and her adopted family received a desperate call to see if they could take her on as she did have some unique handling issues which meant she could not be re-homed in the normal process.

Her family said “Anya was an amazing dog who touched the hearts of everyone she met. She was so loving and generous with everyone it was very distressing when she became ill and we had to make the decision to put her to sleep just over a year after we took her on.”

You can see all the other dogs from the Surrey and Sussex Tribute Wall by clicking here.

We’ve added RPD George to our Tribute Wall

2005 -2013 Sussex Police

RPD George was the first ever retired police dog adopted by his family. He retired at the age of 8. He was a bit of a legend in East Sussex on patrol, at nearly 9.5 stone he always had a presence at any incident which 9 times out of 10 resulted in the total compliance of any suspect. He had a docked tail  and metal plates and pins in his front right paw from separate incidents whilst on duty.

George was your quintessential old timer..  a bit grumpy and loved a cup of tea and digestive biscuit and did everything in his own time!

George passed away in 2013 after suffering a spinal stroke.

His family said ” we are honoured to have been able to give George the retirement he deserved. We are passionate to spread the word about how RPDs need a good retirement home to live out their days in a happy and safe environment.”

You can see all the other dogs from the Surrey and Sussex Tribute Wall by clicking here.

The highs and lows of a puppy walker

We asked puppy walker Nicki  about being a puppy walker.

How did you become a Puppy Walker?

Essex Police placed an advert on Facebook. There were 3 initial questions and if the answer was yes to all 3, then you could go on to apply for the position.

This involved lots of questions, a home and garden check and indepth background checks for the whole family, including my parents.

What does being a Puppy Walker involve?

The role, which is a volunteer position involves introducing the new pup, who we shall for this blog name Comet (my very first pup) to every imaginable scenario that he would come across in his working life as a fully-fledged PD.

Shopping centres, different flooring, lighting, noises, open staircases, crowds, traffic, trains, buses and even aeroplanes. We also put in place the basic commands and attend training sessions at Sandon kennels.

What are the highs of being a Puppy Walker?

This speaks for itself really, having a beautiful bundle of fluff from 8 weeks of age in my life is a dream come true.

The love and care you put into a pup, rewards you tenfold when you see them pass out and qualify as a working PD. The pride oozes from every inch of my heart.

What are the lows of being a Puppy Walker?

The one and only low is the hand over when the time comes.  It’s guaranteed that there will be tears and heartache each and every time a pup is handed over, keeping in mind that he’s been in your life for the past 11/12 months.

Have you a story about one of your pups?

This would have to be when we had Comet our very first bundle of fluff, and he was literally that.

He’s now working in Essex with his handler. We are in regular contact. I couldn’t wish for Comet to be with a nicer family.

On the Boxing Day of 2015, my husband and I took Comet for his walk along with our own Labrador Benson. The groundsman of the park had, after white lining the football pitch, tipped the white paint out under a tree.

You guessed it, Comet decided it looked tasty which resulted in a Boxing Day trip to the vet,  where he was given meds to make him sick.

The result, a puppy feeling sorry for himself for the rest of the day!

He was I must add, unharmed by the event!


You can follow Nicki on twitter @NicNic711


PC 1066 Mick ‘Aky’ Atkinson Tie Pins


Please note:  The response to these pins has been overwhelming,  as a result we have run out of stock of them.  Please bear with us while we look into getting more.  Thank you for your patience and your continued support.

If you are in North Yorkshire please contact Brad Jackson.  If you are in other areas and wish to order one please email us.

If you have already placed an order please could we ask that you arrange payment via the paypal link below.

The cost of these pins is £2.00 plus £1.00 postage & packaging.

Thank you for your continued support.


K9 Memorial November 200 Challenge

K9 Memorial November 200 Challenge

Today marks the start of our November 200 Challenge.  I am cycling 200 miles during the course of the month.  Today I managed to cover 16 miles (25.75km).

Only another 184 to go.

Why did we choose a 200 challenge?

We chose to do this as we have just under 200 PDs on our Roll of Honour and we thought it would be a great opportunity to remember them.  People also asked us if there was anything that they could do to help raise funds for the memorial.  This is a great way that everyone can get involved.

Why are we doing it?

We’re doing this to help raise funds for the Memorial. Every penny you donate goes straight to the memorial.

We also doing this to remember PC Mick Atkinson who recently passed away.  Mick was a dog handler for many years and loved his PDs.  We have spoken to his family and they are honoured that we are remembering him in this way.

Can I get involved?

Absolutely. Just decide what you would like to do, as long as it is 200 of something.  All we ask is that if you wish to take part please make a £5.00 donation to the memorial and then raise as much as you can by getting people to sponsor you.

What’s in it for me?

At the end of the month the person who has raised the most money will receive an invite to the unveiling of the memorial next year.

How do I donate?

You can either donate via our Gofund me page, or via our new PayPal account.






November K9 Memorial 200 Challenge

We have just under 200 PDs on our Roll Of Honour, so we thought it would be a great idea to do a ‘November K9 Memorial 200 Challenge’

During the month of November we would like you to join us by doing something I’m going to cycle 200 miles (322Km).  You could cycle/run/walk/swim, bake & sell 200 cakes…… you get the idea, as long as it’s 200.

How to take part

If you wish to take part we would ask that you kindly donate £5.00 to the memorial and then ask people to sponsor you.

The person who raises the most money for us will get an invite to the unveiling of the Memorial next year.

So…. just decide what you would like to do then email us at teamk9@k9memorial.org.uk with what you’re planning (you will need to keep a record of what you achieve).

So who’s up for a challenge?