BREAKING KENT

Explosives dog retires after keeping the public safe for eight years

explosives dog retires after keeping the public safe for eight years

A police dog that has helped protect the Queen, the Archbishop of Canterbury and attendees of major sporting events is retiring from Kent Police after eight years of service.

PD Bailey, a 10-year-old pointer cross, has worked for Kent Police as an explosives detection dog since 2011 and his last day of service was on Wednesday 1 May 2019 .

He joined when he was two and his primary role has been to search buildings, and areas of high footfall, to detect explosives.

During his time, he has carried out numerous royalty protection services, including searching train carriages before the Queen travelled in them.

He has also helped protect the Archbishop of Canterbury for major religious events and worked at the 2014 NATO summit in Wales.

In addition to this, he protected competitors and visitors to the Open Golf Championship in Sandwich in 2011 and the Paralympics in London in 2012.

Police Constable Nigel Marshall, from Kent Police’s Dog Unit, said: ‘Bailey has continually proven himself to be an incredible asset to the force and everyone at the dog unit is sad to see him leave.

‘The time has however come for him to retire and we are pleased to have been able to find a loving home for him, where he can enjoy his retirement safely away from the frontline.’