An award-winning police dog will be enjoying his retirement.

Seven-year-old Oz – formerly called Woz – was born as part of a litter in the West Midlands Puppy Breeding Scheme and started working with his handler in The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit in 2013.

The German shepherd has attended a wide range of incidents – predominantly in Hertfordshire, successfully locating missing people, tracking and detaining suspects and locating vital evidence at crime scenes.

Oz was also specially trained as a Public Order and Firearms Support Dog, which saw him attend football matches in Luton to maintain order and spontaneous and pre-planned firearm incidents and operations around the three counties.

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In October (2018) Oz and his handler’s hard work and dedication was recognised at Hertfordshire Constabulary’s annual award ceremony as they scooped the Joint Protective Services Officer of the Year Award.

Also in October, two men were sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison for their role in a series of burglaries in the Potters Bar area.

Following an incident in the town in April (2018), three men ran from officers. One was caught, but two disappeared after climbing fencing into gardens.

OZ was deployed, and he and his handler found the two men hiding in an outbuilding.

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Oz’s handler said: “Oz’s desire, willingness and commitment to his role have led to numerous successful results and his no-nonsense and determined approach to incidents has led to lengthy prison sentences for offenders and justice for the victims.

“This has been achieved utilising his natural abilities. He clearly enjoyed the part he played and his larger than life character and reputation preceded him.

“It’s been a real pleasure and honour to work alongside him. From the moment I met him there was a connection and a glint in his eye.

“We have learned together, and I’ve got some great memories and had some excellent experiences along the way.”

Oz will be remaining with his handler.

He added: “There are two sides to Oz.

“He’s a real softy at home, but there was a distinctive difference when he was at work.

“He’s been a loyal and committed partner who has been ready to work at a moment’s notice.

“He has earned a long and healthy retirement.”