Police dog dies after falling from roof

Essex County Standard: Baron Baron

A REVIEWhas been launched after a police dog died during a training exercise.

Baron, a five-year-old German Shepherd working for Essex Police, was taking part in the exercise with his handler at a disused building in Danbury on Monday when he fell from a flat roof.

An Essex Police spokeswoman said: "He was injured and taken immediately to a veterinary practice but sadly he had to be put to sleep.

"The circumstances surrounding this tragic incident are currently being reviewed.

"Baron's handler and family are understandably very upset."

Baron had been paired with his handler for the last four years and they had made many arrests together, the spokeswoman added.

Superintendent Steve Johnson said: "As a former member of the dog unit myself, I know the strong bond between a police officer and his dog.

"Whilst they are working dogs, they also become a close and important member of the police officer's family. This is a very sad occasion."

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12:29pm Tue 26 Nov 13

U's fan says...

RIP Baron a very sad story sympathies to all involved.
RIP Baron a very sad story sympathies to all involved. U's fan

12:42pm Tue 26 Nov 13

Sagefields says...

RIP Baron and best wishes to his owner and family.
RIP Baron and best wishes to his owner and family. Sagefields

12:47pm Tue 26 Nov 13

oohlook says...

How sad. RIP Baron. thinking of the handler who will be distraught. we rely just as much on the emergency services animal partners to keep us safe
How sad. RIP Baron. thinking of the handler who will be distraught. we rely just as much on the emergency services animal partners to keep us safe oohlook

9:55pm Tue 26 Nov 13

TheEqualisers says...

I am very big supporter of Essex Police and have been highly impressed of recent:
HOWEVER:
This is unfortunate death of BARON and god bless him. The incident harks backs to the days of the SANDON dog scandal where dogs were routinely kicked and chastised resulting in serious injury and death.
I still have the DISPATCHES video on the horrific events.
You would have thought we would have learned? by now.
All the dogs and the handlers need to be trained by the ARMY/RAF At Melton they are the best in the world:
Northern Police forces train there, so do United States Customs and a number of Arab Nation State forces Dog Sections.
They always win the National Dog Trials.
As a former handler myself accidents do happen I know I have seen them.
However Dog Handling must be backed up with the peak of physical fitness and fervent military discipline and training from the handler and it applies to both the Dog and The Team as a whole:
It is sad to say but some Civvy Police Officers do not have the physical ability or the hard training discipline to be awarded the Job, especially in armed forces assessment for the equivalent role: This is not to say that they are not good bog standard coppers:
I do not agree with the Operating dogs living at homes with Officers families, it is not done in the forces. These animals are not pets:
The Military operational dogs all have fully equipped 5 star kennels with maids in proper facilitated compounds.
That is where they should be.
One minute they are cuddly toys at in a home environment, the next they are on fully operational training and duties, the dogs don't know whether they are coming or going in a routine like that.
And by the way we need more dogs on the street with fully trained handlers. That will sort the yobbos out in our towns and cities:
You get a set of those knashers on your backside and you wont know what hit you.
My old dog used to get on his hind legs and was as tall as a grizzly bear.
He would have anyone down in seconds.
Bless Them+
I am very big supporter of Essex Police and have been highly impressed of recent: HOWEVER: This is unfortunate death of BARON and god bless him. The incident harks backs to the days of the SANDON dog scandal where dogs were routinely kicked and chastised resulting in serious injury and death. I still have the DISPATCHES video on the horrific events. You would have thought we would have learned? by now. All the dogs and the handlers need to be trained by the ARMY/RAF At Melton they are the best in the world: Northern Police forces train there, so do United States Customs and a number of Arab Nation State forces Dog Sections. They always win the National Dog Trials. As a former handler myself accidents do happen I know I have seen them. However Dog Handling must be backed up with the peak of physical fitness and fervent military discipline and training from the handler and it applies to both the Dog and The Team as a whole: It is sad to say but some Civvy Police Officers do not have the physical ability or the hard training discipline to be awarded the Job, especially in armed forces assessment for the equivalent role: This is not to say that they are not good bog standard coppers: I do not agree with the Operating dogs living at homes with Officers families, it is not done in the forces. These animals are not pets: The Military operational dogs all have fully equipped 5 star kennels with maids in proper facilitated compounds. That is where they should be. One minute they are cuddly toys at in a home environment, the next they are on fully operational training and duties, the dogs don't know whether they are coming or going in a routine like that. And by the way we need more dogs on the street with fully trained handlers. That will sort the yobbos out in our towns and cities: You get a set of those knashers on your backside and you wont know what hit you. My old dog used to get on his hind legs and was as tall as a grizzly bear. He would have anyone down in seconds. Bless Them+ TheEqualisers

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