Police dog finds missing mother and baby during first shift on the force

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 7th, 2020 3:11 pm
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Dyfed-Powys Police Department

Last Updated Aug 7th, 2020 at 10:18 pm

During his first shift on the force, a German Shepherd police dog in the U.K. found a mother and her 1-year-old son who had been missing for two days.

Newly-licensed Dyfed-Powys Police dog Max and his handler Police Constable Peter Lloyd were integral in tracking down the women and her son, who had both spent a night in a remote location in Wales.

The two-year-old new canine recruit was called into duty on August 1 after the police department received a call concerning the missing pair.

"Despite only recently becoming licensed, and on his first operational shift, [Max] immediately commenced an open area search," Inspector Jonathan Rees-Jones said.

The mother's car was found on a mountain road, which narrowed down the officers search, but there was still "a vast area to cover given the amount of time she had been missing," Rees-Jones said.

After an hour-and-a-half of searching with help from the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team, a National Police Air Service helicopter, and a search expert, Max guided his handler to the missing pair, who were waving for help on the edge of a steep ravine.

"I must give a special mention to PC Pete Lloyd and Max, who, on their very first day since completing their training together, covered a significant amount of mileage in the search, eventually locating them safe," Rees-Jones said.

Rees-Jones said the mother and her baby were "safe but cold" and had been checked over by Mountain Rescue doctors.

Lloyd said he was proud of his new partner.

"I was really pleased that during our first operational deployment as a dog team, myself and Max were able to safely locate the missing mother and baby," Lloyd said. "Max remained focused throughout the long search, and he proved invaluable when he reacted to the call for help which resulted in us locating them."


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