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PDs celebrated at annual awards

The annual Thin Blue Paw Awards are taking place on Thursday.

The awards ceremony, organised by charity Thin Blue Paw Foundation and supported by Animal Friends Insurance, took place on Thursday in Hertfordshire.

Hosted by BBC News presenter Rich Preston, five dogs and their handlers are set to be recognised at the event.

Winners include RPD Logan who was shot three times in the head in the line of duty and RPD German Shepherd Luna whose tracking skills have helped save 38 lives.

Meanwhile, GMP PC Andrew Kenyon and PD Eddie were named as winners of the Rising Star Award. In just 18 months on the job, they have had more than 60 arrests and assisted in major jobs – including protecting a colleague who was being attacked by a crowbar.

Thin Blue Paw Foundation trustee Kieran Stanbridge said: “Police dogs are definitely the unsung heroes of our frontline policing teams and commit their lives to using their noses, paws and teeth to fight crime, help people, locate cash, drugs and firearms, and keep their colleagues and communities safe.

“This year’s winners are prime examples of the incredible bravery, strength, specialist skills, and dedication these wonderful dogs show every day when they head out to work; as well as the important role dog handlers play in helping police forces across the UK fight crime. This is our way of saying thank you.”

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