At just after 2am on Friday 2 September, a 999 call came through reporting a domestic incident, and PD Ari sprang into action – it didn’t matter to this determined dog that it was his last ever shift! Ari soon sniffed out the 44-year-old suspect from his hiding place and he was taken into custody, questioned and released.
West Midlands police reported, “Ari is now set to take a ‘paws’ from a life of fighting crime and has officially retired after nearly seven years on the beat.
“Ari, aged eight, was a graduate from the force’s dedicated training unit at Balsall Common and became a fully-fledged member of the police team at just 15 months old.
“He’s been a great canine cop ever since and has spent the last two years pounding the beat with his handler PC Paul Birch.
“Ari is now ready to put his feet up and take a well-deserved break. He’ll be enjoying retirement with Paul at home; such is the bond developed between dog and officer that the majority of our four-legged crime fighters are taken on as pets by their handlers when their operational days are over.”
But Ari will still play an instrumental role – helping to train PD Gunner, a new pup joining his family.
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