The National K-9 Memorial Medal is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. It is available for presentation to Police Dogs upon retirement, or in recognition of their bravery. If you wish to discuss acquiring a medal for a retiring dog, please get in touch via email.
RPD Kes and RPD Fern
German Shepherd Dog Kes was born as part of the West Yorkshire Police breed programme. She served as a GPD and Firearms support dog from 2010.
Springer Spaniel Fern was a Drugs, Firearms and Cash specialist search dog. She was a gift dog and served in West Yorkshire from February 2009.
Both dogs retired in Summer 2017, and remained with their handler. They are loving retirement, especially having no more shift work. Kes and Fern now spend their days having lots of fun walks and treats. However, they still want to get in the back of the car if the boot’s open!
German Shepherd Dog Bryn was shot and killed in February 1998. The actions of Bryn saved his handler and members of the public from serious injury. Bryn’s handler Ian Churms was presented a medal to honour Bryn’s bravery in a ceremony to mark the twenty year anniversary.
Bear was awarded the K9 Memorial medal to mark his retirement from Gloucestershire police.
RPD Dutch and RPD Nex
Dutch and Nex from Staffordshire were posthumously awarded the K9 Memorial medal at Crufts 2018. Watch the presentation on our Youtube.
PD Rossi retired following 10.5 years of service as a specialist search dog in West Mercia.
PD Canto was five and a half years old, when in August 2017 he protected his newly assigned handler and other officers from a man with a large knife. Canto became injured in the process. Below is what occurred that night and was told to the K9 Memorial by Emma Worrall, PD Canto’s Handler. Canto made a full recovery, and is starting a firearms support course with his handler in July 2018.
“I re-handled Canto when he was 5 ½ years old, prior to coming to the police he was training to be a ‘protection’ dog, but was deemed slightly too OTT. Subsequently he came to us. He was a licensed firearms support dog with his previous handler.He came to me on 3rd August. We completed a 2 week ‘re-handle’ course and were sent on our way. I was very happy with my new crew mate, safe in the knowledge that he was a much better dog than I was handler!!!
On 21st August we were deployed to an incident where a Male was harming himself. He had threatened to harm anyone who entered the premises, why we were there. It was very much like a training scenario. The Male was shouting out of the windows and Canto knew what this game was. We then had information from a friend of the Male about what he had taken. This was passed to paramedics already on scene. Who advised us that entry was vital to save the males life. The front door was unlocked and Canto and I were first in the queue at the door.
The door was opened, I was shouting a challenge about being police with a dog. The Male started running at us with a large knife. My only memory is of seeing the knife and hearing him shouting. I had no choice but to release Canto. Canto jumped up towards the males face. Suddenly he fell to the floor. I was stunned. I knew Canto was a good dog. Why was he not doing as he was told?
I again said ‘Canto, hold him.’ Canto looked at me and started barking at the Male. The Male was distracted looking at Canto when an officer behind me was able to taser the Male. At the sound of the electricity Canto ran into a different room. In the same second I realised the male had been tasered and Canto had been stabbed. I ran after him. Closed the door and felt down Canto’s sides. I found nothing and thought all was OK. I then saw a significant amount of blood on the floor and Cantos paws. I then felt down from Canto’s neck and felt wet on his chest. I pulled my hand away and saw it covered in blood.
He was still standing. I put him on his lead and ran out of the address with him. Put him in the police car and drove on blue lights to the vets. He was sedated and then I saw the injury. At this point I went to bits.
Canto had emergency surgery. Afterwards they asked I take him home as he was stressed in the vets. I spent the night with him lying on the floor next to the sofa. I had my hand on his chest all night. In the morning he came round and I took him for a short walk. Afterwards he was straight back to normal trying to get me to play with his nylabone. Since then we’ve not managed to get him to live outside.
He really is a wonderful dog, when not at work, he’s got a lovely temperament. I can have him around anyone without concern. However, when he knows he’s working he’s super switched on. I still know I can rely on him. He is sociable with other dogs and is just fab. He really is my boy and I adore him”.
PD Millie & PD Zip
Millie and Zip from Police Scotland were awarded the medal for second place in our Robert Oxley painting competition.