On Friday 12th April, Sir David Amess MP paid tribute to police dogs at the unveiling of the UK’s first National K9 Police Dog Memorial in Chelmsford.
The head of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, unveiled the statue that aims to recognise the dedication and sacrifices of police dogs in the line of duty. The memorial comes after a long campaign by former Essex Police dog handler Paul Nicholls who wanted to pay tribute to service animals after the death of his dog Sabre in 2006.
Sir David was joined at the unveiling by local MP Vicky Ford, and former police dog handler Andy Edwards. Last Thursday, Sir David raised in Parliament the contribution of service animals and what more can be done to honour their bravery. After a long campaign, Finn’s Law was given Royal Assent ensuring better legal protection for police dogs injured in the line of duty.
Speaking after the event, Sir David said ‘It was an honour to be at the unveiling of the new National Police Dog Memorial. Listening to accounts of such bravery by these dogs, it is only right that these wonderful animals are being recognised for their service and sacrifice.’