A new drugs detection dog for the Western Isles area has recently been welcomed into the ranks of Police Scotland.
Following training he is now ready to start his new role serving the communities of the Western Isles from the Butt to Barra.
The 15-month old Labrador/Springer Spaniel cross ‘Jax’ with his handler, PC Gary Muir, both recently completed an intensive six-week training course in Glasgow.
PC Muir and Jax will provide essential support to frontline officers and police staff in a variety of roles through public reassurance, prevention and detection of crime.
PC Muir joined Northern Constabulary in 2009 and has completed six years active police service based in Lewis. When not on duty, Jax lives at home with PC Muir and his family.
Funding for Jax has been provided by the Western Isles Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP).
Spokesman for the group and Chief Executive of NHS Western Isles, Gordon G. Jamieson, said: “Western Isles Alcohol and Drug Partnership is committed to the prevention, reduction of, and recovery from substance misuse here in our community.
“With that objective in mind, ADP is delighted to continue to support a Police Scotland drug dog being based here in Stornoway.
“It’s fantastic to have the dog here, trained and out and about.”
£575,000 drugs recovered
Collectively Police dogs across Scotland recovered more than £575,000 of drugs from July 2013 to March 2014,
Police Scotland has a paw-print throughout the country with its various dedicated dog units.
There are a number of dogs trained for various specialisms including general purpose dogs, as well as specialist dogs including drug detection dogs, there are victim recovery dogs and explosive search dogs.
Some of these dogs are also trained to detect cash and firearms.
As well as being trained to sniff out drugs, explosives and firearms, the general purpose dogs are also trained to search for missing or vulnerable people.