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Adorable trainee police dogs visit Harpenden pupils

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 November 2018

Archie, aged eight, with PC Andy Brigland and Obi.

Archie, aged eight, with PC Andy Brigland and Obi.

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Adorable police puppies delighted pupils by visiting a Harpenden school.

Children from Manland Primary School during an assembly with police officers and police puppies.Children from Manland Primary School during an assembly with police officers and police puppies.

Two trainee crime-fighting hounds visited Manland Primary School on November 8 after an eight-year-old pupil, Archie Miller, wrote to Herts Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd.

The 17-week-old German Shepherd is named Obi after the Star Wars character and the 15-month-old Cocker Spaniel is named after Lion King feline Nala.

PC Andy Brigland, Sgt Mike Wood and Peter Madden, who are all based within the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit, took Obi and Nala to the school.

They spoke about the police and staying safe around working dogs.

Sgt Wood said: “This was a great opportunity to speak to the children about the work of Hertfordshire Constabulary and to also give them some general safety advice about how to behave around dogs.

“Obi and Nala also enjoyed the visit and it was a great socialisation experience for them.”

Obi is on course to help find missing people, suspects, and evidence, whereas Nala is learning to be a drugs, cash, and weapons dog.

This is a family business for Obi, whose parents are both also police dogs.

Headteacher Claire Wicks said: “The children absolutely loved the assembly and were so excited to have the puppies in school. The special visit taught the children how valuable dogs are to the police force.

“Thank you very much for coming to spend time with us.”

After a talk, pupils could get up close and personal with Obi and Nala.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Archie’s letter giving us some top tips on how to catch burglars really impressed me so I thought it would be great for some of our police officers and trainee police puppies to meet Archie and his fellow pupils to say thank you.

“This was an ideal opportunity for officers to build up a rapport with the children while also telling them more about the work of Hertfordshire Constabulary and our police dogs.”

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