25/02/2003 – 06/01/2020
Served – April 2005 to May 2011
Handler PC Gibson
Lola’s handler wrote the following.
“Lola had been donated to the Met after her very loving family were no longer in a position to offer her a home. Her first family stayed in contact with us and I updated them on her career and retirement. They always loved her and were proud of what she had done.
Lola’s career as an explosive search dog took her to many important and historic places. After handing over the reigns to her successor ahead of the 2012 Olympics, Lola enjoyed a long, happy and comfortable retirement as a key part of our family.
Lola is missed every day, but equally every day of the time we had with her is treasured”.
12/09/2009 – 04/09/2020
Served 2010 until 2017
Handler PC Nash
Erin’s handler wrote the following.
“Erin was a general purpose police dog and also public order trained, she went to the G8 in Wales.
Erin won the Fleming bowl for detaining a male armed with three knives, she was a general all round good police dog, loved by everyone that knew or came across her.
Erin retired to her handler where she enjoyed playing with her best mate PD Reggie.
Erin will be greatly missed by us all.”
RPD Top Gun Goose ‘Jensen’
07/09/2012 – 20/10/2020
Served 04/2014 – 31/07/2020
Handler PC Jones
Top Gun Goose who is better known as Jensen, was an outstanding police dog and served with Metropolitan Police for 6 years.
Sadly though his career has been cut short and for health reasons he has had to take early retirement . As you can see by the picture above he is already taking to retirement and enjoying sitting and relaxing in his favourite shady spot in the garden at home with his handler.
21/10/2006 – 04/05/2020
Served from April 2008 – September 2014
Handler PC Pinder
Jack ‘s handler wrote the following.
“Jack was a pleasure to work with, I trusted him 100%. He was the one special dog in my career. Jack enjoyed his retirement at home with me. Sadly Jack passed away following a short illness. I miss him so much, he was a loyal partner and friend.”
23/07/2011 – 28/02/2020
Served December 2011 – April 2018
Handler PC Sheather
Rudi worked as a general purpose, firearms support and public order PD, he also specialised in victim recovery but unfortunately he had to retire in 2018 due to health reasons and in July 2018 he moved to his forever home. His new mum says he’s such a character! His new mum wrote the following.
“We miss him terribly! He was such a big part of our lives in the 18 months he was with us.
He was going to be put to sleep as he was on expensive medication and the Met thought (wrongly) that no one would want him. We got him via New Hope Rescue who know someone who worked at the police kennels at Keston.
We picked him up in August 2018 and within months he didn’t need the expensive medication as he wasn’t working and putting strain on his back, he didn’t need it.
We had a great year with him but in September 2019 he started stumbling and being unable to walk without help. After contacting someone that makes wheels for dogs via Rudi’s ex handler, we got the wheels for him for free being an ex police dog and thanks to that we enjoyed our time with him for another six months.
CDRM is such a cruel disease, although not painful he couldn’t walk without help. He hated his wheels and didn’t enjoy going out as much in them. We did our best to make him happy, we loved him very much.
That’s our story, sometimes it just helps writing it all down, to remind me that we tried. If love could’ve saved him, he’d live forever!! ”
He is greatly missed by his forever family and all who knew him.
RPD MetPol Mountbatten Karl ‘Diesel’
17/6/2005 – 4/3/2015
Handler PC Jones
In Service with the Metropolitan Police from 9/12/2006 – 3/12/2014
General Purpose, Firearms Support & Public Order.
Affectionately known at home as Big Bear. Gone but Forever Loved.
RPD Regency George ‘Prince’
Handler PC Truelove
His handler wrote the following tribute to him.
I picked him up as a bundle of fluff at 7 1/2 weeks old and our journey began. I was a novice handler so we learnt together. Time flew by and the new pup soon became a licensed police dog and we worked covering South East London for the Met.
Prince loved his role and exceeded any expectation I held of him bringing in bad guy after bad guy, I have kept a folder with every job he had in it.
Prince retired in 2017 and then loved being at home with the family, he was a gentle giant. I am so proud he was my partner, protector and best friend and feel lost without my shadow… until we meet again princey biscuit
RPD Metpol Papa Misty ‘Leia’
Handler PC Chapman
Karly was always a wonderful character from the moment she caught the eye of the lovely kennel staff at the Metropolitan Police Dog Training Establishment. She was a lively puppy and in 2005 we completed our Basic Course. Throughout her brilliant career she was responsible for many arrests, detaining suspects, locating weapons following armed incidents and finding missing people
She excelled in her specialism of Victim Recovery and Blood Detection being responsible for locating bodies and blood. She enjoyed her fame in the last series of Send In The Dogs and loved visiting schools and clubs to meet children.
Karly was awarded a Commendation in 2014 by Cressida Dick for chasing and detaining a male who was wanted for serious offences including armed robbery. The male fought her and despite being injured she held onto him and we arrested him.
Whilst deployed in Machynlleth, Wales, Karly suffered from a torsion and after rushing her to the vets I carried her “lifeless” from the car in tears to be met by a team of Vets in Dolgellau.
The longest night followed as they fought to save her while I sat on the floor next to her throughout the surgery. She beat all the odds to recover and retired to me enjoying over two years of leisurely long walks and playing football with me. She always cheated and stole the ball!
Out of the blue one day she fell ill. I knew it was serious and lay with her in the garden comforting her and telling her how wonderful she was and talking to her about all the crazy stuff we had got up to. Later that day she fell asleep in my arms. I was so honoured to have worked with her and have her in my life.
My friend. My hero.