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Puppy recruits to sniff out crime

Wednesday August 27th 2014

Police officers in Scotland have recruited two puppies to help them in their fight against crime across the country.

Dash, who is a cross between a German pointer and a Cocker Spaniel, and her "colleague" Jura, a cross between a Labrador and Cocker Spaniel, arrived at the dog branch of Police Scotland earlier this week.

The puppies are too young to begin training straight away, so they will spend the next couple of months getting to know their handlers and learning some basic tricks and exercises.

Once they reach the age of one, they will be sent on a three-month course where they will be trained to help officers track down criminals and missing people, sniff out drugs and find stolen items.

Dash, who is eight weeks old, will work for Police Scotland's west command area while Jura, who is four weeks older than Dash, will work in the eastern part of the country.

Copyright Press Association 2014