Police dog finds vulnerable missing person
At the weekend, one of our police dogs helped keep a vulnerable person safe after ‘tracking' him through a field.
On Sunday, August 11, at approximately 8pm, PC Ross Ashcroft was on duty with Police Dog Rex in Waltham Abbey when he received reports of a missing person.
The young man had left his home in a distressed state and headed towards a busy road near farmers’ fields. A local officer searched the area for the man and found him. He tried to speak to him but he ran away through fields.
The officer pointed Ross in the correct direction and PD Rex’s skills kicked into action. Ross instructed Rex to use his specialist tracking skills to find the young man.
After tracking for approximately 500 metres, Ross and Rex found the man and kept him safe. The man was later returned home safely to his family.
PC Ross Ashcroft and PD Rex have been serving the county together since April 2019, when they completed their training course. This is just one example of Rex putting his specialist skills to good use.
PD Rex is a Dutch Herder, the first of his breed to be serving the county of Essex as a Police Dog. He is two and a half years old and Ross is looking forward to continuing to build on their success.
Mental health related issues and distressing situations are dealt with by our officers every day. We have a dedicated team of officers, who work closely with mental health nurses, to help keep victims safe. Find out more: www.twitter.com/EPStreetTriage
PC Ross Ashcroft, mentioned in this article, is a dog handler with our Dog Section. This is just one of the many career options available to you when you join Essex Police as a police officer. Interested in becoming a police officer? Start your application today: www.essex.police.uk/fitthebill