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PD Janko to put his paws up as he retires from service

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has announced one of it’s most faithful members, PD Janko, is set to retire from service.

The PSNI Dog Section provides a 24 hour response in keeping our communities safe throughout Northern Ireland and consists of two Sergeants and thirty Constables, all of whom handle and patrol with at least one police dog.

For Police Dog recruits like Janko, they begin their working life in the PSNI when they are approximately 18 months old and usually continue until the age of 8. They are carefully selected based on their natural abilities and these traits are then developed and enhanced by continuous training and formal assessment, ensuring that they are safe and efficient in any operational environment.

In a typical week in Northern Ireland the Dog Section search teams will look for 3 missing persons, conduct 19 searches for drugs, firearms, cash and explosive substances. General Purpose dogs will respond to 29 calls for assistance ranging from the recovery of stolen property, from burglaries, tracking offenders and the containment of serious crime scenes.

A police spokesperson commented:

“After a very successful career Janko is finally putting his paws up and taking a well earned rest. Over the years he has provided an invaluable service to your community, apprehending offenders and saving lives of some of our most vulnerable people.”

Janko will now retire to his handler and live a happy life as part of the family.


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