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A retired military working dog named Hertz has today been awarded a medal known as the animals’ Victoria Cross for his service in Afghanistan.
The German shorthaired pointer is the first dog in British military history to detect electronic communications equipment such as mobile phones, voice recorders, sim cards and GPS devices.
Hertz, who served with the Royal Air Force police, has been awarded the PDSA Dickin medal, the 74th recipient of the honour since it was first awarded in 1943.
Throughout his time in Afghanistan, Hertz was responsible for finding more than 100 items of contraband, including drugs and personal electronic devices (PEDs), described as a significant threat to the lives of service personnel and civilians.

In August 2013, Hertz was deployed to Afghanistan alongside Warrant Officer Jonathan Tanner, Corporal Simon Dack and the RAF Police Operations Team, where he was tasked with the vital role of protecting service men, women and allied forces in Camp Bastion from an attack.
The increased use of Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs), to gather intelligence, was a clear and present threat to coalition forces. It was Hertz's responsibility to ensure areas were free of all communication devices and controlled drugs, to secure the safety of military personnel and local people.
During his 13-month tour, Hertz was responsible for over 50 individual finds, seizing more than 100 items of contraband. And for the whole time he was on duty, there was not a single rocket attack on Camp Bastion.  
His work undoubtedly saved many lives, making him a deserving recipient of the PDSA Dickin Medal.


  RAF Police Dog Trials 2021 – The RAF Police Military Working Dog Trials Champion is Cpl Webb and Patrol Dog DJ from Royal Air Force Northolt

Please join me in congratulating them both

Second Place goes to Cpl Mundy and Patrol Dog Nina RAF Marham

Third Place goes to Cpl Connelly and Patrol Dog Sagan from RAF Lossiemouth

Best Nightwork goes to Cpl Carrington-Bent & Patrol dog Ruby from RAF Brize Norton.

Best Bitework goes to Cpl Woods & Patrol Dog Sepp from RAF Marham.

Best arena workout goes to Cpl Smyth and Patrol Dog Gina from RAF Lossiemouth.

Best Windscent goes to Cpl Webb & Patrol Dog DJ from Royal Air Force Northolt.

The Drissell Trophy for the Best Police Dog Team goes to Cpl Weatherley and Police Dog Bolle from RAF Marham

the Winner of the Von Wolf Trophy for the Best Vehicle Search Dog Team goes to Cpl Bearcroft and search dog Coco from RAF Brize Norton

The Lady Kemball Trophy for the Best Arms and Explosive Search Team goes to RAF Police Cpl Parton and search dog Rui from RAF Waddington.

The RAF Police are thrilled to announce the first winner of The RAF Benevolent Fund McConnell Trophy and crowned the Military Working Dog Obedience and Agility Champion is Cpl Stewart and Police Dog Rover from RAF Marham.


The 5 finalists competing to be the 2021 UK Royal Air Force Police Dog Champion.


The RAF Benevolent Fund is sponsoring ‘The RAF Benevolent Fund McConnell Cup’ at the 2021 RAF Police Military Working Dog Trials.  

The Cup will be awarded to the RAF Police Military Working Dog Obedience and Agility Champion.  Named after veteran RAF Police Corporal Mick McConnell, the trophy has been introduced to open up the competition across all Military Working Dog capabilities.  This means that Detection, Police and Patrol teams can compete against each other in Heelwork, Agility and Obedience Tests.

Mick, who received lifelong injuries whilst serving in Afghanistan, has been supported by the RAF Benevolent Fund throughout his recovery.  Since leaving the RAF, Mick has remained an inspiration to the RAF Police community by always being on hand with a listening ear and a cup of tea (or something stronger).  He has continued to raise awareness of the RAF Benevolent Fund and will forever be in their debt for the support they have given to him and his family.

"Mick’s story is inspirational – as well as overcoming his own personal challenges, he has a great determination to give something back and support our work. Without any Government support, the Fund exists to help RAF veterans personnel and their families.  People like Mick help us to spread the word about the assistance we can give, ensuring no member of the RAF Family faces adversity alone."

Jason Shauness
Director of Fundraising and Communications, RAF Benevolent Fund


A warm welcome to Warrant Officer Robson was appointed to the Office of the Provost Marshal as the inaugural Warrant Officer Provost Marshal Dog Inspector in May, responsible to the Provost Marshal for all aspects of RAF Military Working Dogs. He is also accountable for 1st party assurance, which he carries out whilst overseeing Provost Marshal Dog Inspector's and section SNCOs conducting the JSP 960 certification process.

Military Dogs And Handlers To Get New State-Of-The-Art Training Facility
The carbon-neutral building will feature a rainwater recycling system and a facility to generate its own electricity.

Work has begun on a state-of-the-art carbon-neutral training facility for military dogs and their handlers.

The new building at the Defence Animal Training Regiment (DATR) in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, should be finished by October and will be 96% self-sustaining.

It will be used by the Canine Training Squadron which is home to about 200 working dogs and employs 50 Army personnel and 20 RAF Police personnel, plus a team of civilians.

The new facility will replace the portable buildings currently housing the squadron's HQ staff and the 1940s timber-framed buildings that are used for training military working dogs and their handlers.

Green features of the building will include sustainable insulation in the walls and roof, 'air-lock' doors that will prevent heat from escaping and six solar panels.

A battery storage facility will also generate the building's own electricity needs.

A heat recovery system in the plant room and network room will be used to heat the offices and training facilities, while a rainwater recycling system will collect, save and reuse water in a bid to reduce the use of the mains water supply by up to 60%.

Rainwater will also be used for cleaning soldiers' boots and bike racks will be built to encourage people to cycle to work.

Commanding Officer of the DATR, Lieutenant Colonel Martyn Thompson, said: "The planning, design and sustainability of this project will generate much-needed efficiencies in our training delivery.

"This will ensure that the DATR continues to provide defence with a proven capability which helps to protect our people, territories, values and interests at home and overseas."

The new ecological and cost-saving facility will help achieve the Army's commitment to meet net carbon emissions by 2050, the service said.

It comes after the Ministry of Defence (MOD) published a report detailing the dangers of climate change to defence.

The report author Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, MOD Climate Change and Sustainability Lead, said: "Climate change is just as much a threat to global security as more conventional threats."

The internal construction of the building means that once its use is over in its current capability, it can be re-purposed for another use without the need for rebuilding, the Army added.

"He's given his all serving his country, now we want to give him the retirement he deserves"
After an interesting life in service of his country, ex RAF Halton service dog Tacko is now looking to enjoy a wonderful long retirement.
He served with the RAF until he was eight years old, first at RAF Brize Norton, then in his latter years at RAF Halton.
Tacko worked with the RAF police as a general purpose patrol dog, and is much loved by all he encountered.
Because of his gentle temperament, he would go on community outreach programmes because of how well he got in with children and young adult
Tacko was retired in May 2020, and now lives with Stuart and Wendy (SECOND NAME)
However he has been beset by health problems since he called it a day last year, and pet insurance companies do not offer insurance to ex-service dogs.
His family are now trying to raise funds so they can pay for his veterinary bills
He now lives with Stuart and Wendy Buckland.
Stuart first heard about Tacko when he was running the Air Cadet Squadron at RAF Halton.
Stuart said: "We adopted Tacko in May 2020, after the dog handlers at RAF Halton told me he was looking for a forever home.
"We already have a black Labrador so after consulting Wendy, we asked if we could take him on.
"We were instantly struck with what a wonderful dog he was.
"He's such a joy to be around, considering his background as a police dog he's really so gentle.
However Tacko has suffered from bad back and nerve problems, and MRI scans to find out the root of the dog's pain costs in the thousands of pounds.
When he was younger, Tacko demonstrated his agility at Crufts back in 2015, however now he's looking forward to a more sedate life in retirement.
The family are now hoping to raise some money to pay off Tacko's veterinary bills and give the ex service dog the retirement he deserves.
Stuart continued: "Unfortunately Tacko is suffering with spinal issues and having spent our savings on treatments for him since he retired we are now trying to raise funds for his next MRI with sedation and the follow up treatment costs which could include surgery.
"He's had a lot of medical interventions - this seemed to work well for a while but then since Christmas his mobility has rapidly deteriorated. The costs add up pretty quickly without insurance and it's a shame because the dog has served its country, but now he can't get insurance.
"He is partially lame and we want to get him on his feet again.
"There’s plenty of life left in this old boy, and we think he deserves the best possible care we can give him. Thank you for any help you can give.
"His life has been dedicated to service, now it’s his time to relax - pain free and healthy enough to resume his slow and gentle walks.
"We want to give him the retirement such a good boy deserves!"
The family has set up a just giving page which you can see by clicking here. It's only been live a week, but they have already raised £1200.
They have been receiving help from Hero Paws, a charity that helps ex-service dogs reassimilate to civilian life
Stuart said: "The charity has been amazing. They specialise in helping ex military working dogs.
"Like everyone else, personal finances during the pandemic haven't been what they have normally been, so their help has been absolutely priceless.


Drumroll please ............... For the second year running the winner of the 2020 RAF Police Military Working Dog Trials is Cpl Chris McLean and Military Working Dog Saiid from RAF Akrotiri.



2020 RAF Police Military Working Dog Trials


Second place goes to Cpl Sian Taylor and Military Working Dog Alwix from RAF Brize Norton

2020 RAF Police Military Working Dog Trials  - Third place goes to Cpl Tom Shepherd and Military Working Dog Luna from RAF Brize Norton


Zantos and his trainer, based at RAF Brize Norton, practise a show routine as the RAF Police Dog Display Team train at RAF Henlow yesterday. The team will compete in next month’s RAF Military Working Dog Trials at RAF Honington.