PC Phil Duncan (40), from Fraserburgh, is main the group in a 12-hour health problem to lift important funds for the Skinny Blue Paw Basis, which helps and celebrates serving and retired police canines throughout the UK.
PC Duncan joined Grampian Police in 2000 and transferred to North Aberdeenshire in 2010. He joined the Ministry of Defence Police in February 2019 and commenced his police canine coaching course six months later, partnering with basic objective canine, PD Hörbi.
The three-year-old Belgian Malinois was paired along with her two-legged associate in October 2019.
“We handed our preliminary coaching course in December,” PC Duncan mentioned. “Since then, we’ve gone from strength-to-strength. I see enhancements in her each day and have additionally realized so much about myself.
“Our regular day is spent patrolling the St Fergus space each on foot and in car. Hörbi loves monitoring and we all the time attempt to work on coaching usually too. She’s additionally by my facet on my days off which contain numerous walks and coaching workouts. Being a canine handler actually is a full-time job!”
On August 14, PC Duncan and his colleagues will likely be operating and biking so far as attainable in 12 hours round St Fergus to lift cash for the Skinny Blue Paw Basis.
He mentioned: “Being a canine handler I do know canines the Basis has helped and I needed to attempt to increase consciousness and cash for the charity. In spite of everything, Hörbi would possibly want their assist in the future.
“I take pleasure in getting out operating and biking and, whereas I’ve by no means received something, I’ve carried out a number of races starting from 5ks to a marathon. I fancied attempting to push myself past 26.2 miles so it’s kind of of a private problem as properly!”
Initially he was going to tackle the problem alone however phrase quickly unfold via the workplace and shortly PC Duncan’s colleagues began asking if they might get entangled too. PS Chris Shephard, PC Scott Massie, PC Ollie Smith-Mearns, PC Claire Woodcock, PC Michael Summers, PC Andy Brown, PC Dan Barry, PC Paul Molyneux, PC James Gorham and PC Mark Gray, who’s at present coaching to be a canine handler, will all be becoming a member of in.
There are round 1500 working police canines throughout the UK, with 200-300 retiring annually. Some will stick with their handlers, others could also be adopted by fellow police workers or by members of the general public.
Skinny Blue Paw Basis trustee Kieran Stanbridge mentioned: “These canine heroes obtain no ongoing help of their retirement from the police drive they served with.
“Which means the accountability for his or her care – and related prices, which might be hefty – falls solely to their proprietor.
“Working canines can have accidents or medical situations on account of their bodily demanding lives that means that almost all are uninsurable so the charity was based to assist present much-needed monetary help to retired canines and their homeowners.
“We want supporters like PC Duncan and his colleagues to assist us increase funds.”
To donate to the fundraiser go to the group’s JustGiving web page www.justgiving.com/group/StFergusFitnessClub.