Police German Shepherd dog retires after life of duty

Pc Martin Gingell at Beamish with PD Boscoe who is hanging up his lead and retiring from Durham Constabulary after spending his whole life in the force.
Pc Martin Gingell at Beamish with PD Boscoe who is hanging up his lead and retiring from Durham Constabulary after spending his whole life in the force.
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A POLICE dog is getting his teeth into retired life.

Boscoe is hanging up his lead from Durham Constabulary this weekend after spending his whole life with the force.

A ceremony to honour his eight years of graft was held for the German Shepherd at the Sun Inn at Beamish ahead of DogWise, a day of activities including displays, K9 pursuits, flyball demonstrations and a gun dog show.

The museum will host the inaugural event on Sunday.

Boscoe and handler Pc Marty Gingell, who has handled him since he was a pup, were given a chance to put their feet up in the pub ahead of the day.

The dog has worked in firearms support and in public order during his time, playing a part in managing demonstrations and displays.

With the help of the newly-formed Paws Up charity, which helps cover the cost of caring for police dogs in their later years, he will be given a new home with owners where he will enjoy his retirement.

Pc Gingell said: “Boscoe and I have been a team since he was a very small puppy and have a great bond, which relies on trust and understanding.

“It will be a sad day on Sunday when he finally retires, but I know that he will have a great life with his new owners.”

DogWise will be opened at 11am by Chief Constable Mike Barton and will run until 5pm.