Police Dog Carter retires after serving the Essex community for the last five years.
PD Carter joined our Dog Section having completed his police training, in 2017, quickly establishing himself as an integral part of the team.
One of the first jobs he responded to was helping to catch several people suspected of being involved in an aggravated burglary in Thurrock.
This seemed to set the tone for PD Carter’s career. He trained as a tactical firearms support dog, tracking down and detaining violent and dangerous offenders on many occasions, including those suspected of attempted murder, burglaries, robberies and much more.
But PD Carter wasn’t just a one-trick-pup and catching baddies wasn’t the only way he helped Essex communities. He played an essential role in finding lots of people who had been reported missing by concerned friends and family. Thanks to PD Carter’s skills, he was able to make sure those people were found and got the help and support they needed.
A brilliant police dog
“Carter has been a brilliant Police Dog and we’ve formed a really strong and effective partnership over the last five years” said PD Carter’s handler, PC Martin Swain.
“He has been an amazing and loyal partner. I’ll never forget when I was pushed down a flight of stairs whilst responding to an incident and Carter was fearless in detaining the suspect to prevent him from getting away.
“To have a police partner like Carter, who is always there for you is very reassuring, especially when facing situations which are challenging and dangerous.
“I’ve learnt so much from working with PD Carter and I’m so proud of what he has achieved in his policing career. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner.”
Police Dog Kaiser
PD Carter has been working alongside trainee Police Dog Kaiser, who will take over from him, allowing Carter to begin his well-earned retirement.
“Carter has been teaching Kaiser the ropes and I have no doubt that whilst he leaves some very big paw prints to fill, Kaiser will jump straight into the role and be a fantastic police dog partner, just like Carter" said PC Swain.