Tribute to Retired Police Dog CLYDE
by his Handler Mick Pickard
My name is Mick Pickard and I had the real privilege of being the handler that was chosen to handle Clyde on the basic course of February 2007. Clyde was one of the first dogs that Essex Police acquired through a police breeding scheme, he came from The Metropolitan Police in London and was first puppy walked in Chelmsford before coming to me in January 2007.
Clyde completed his basic course with good all-round ability in all disciplines with a very good nose for tracking, at this point we hit the mean streets of Essex.
Clyde had already worked his way into the hearts of my wife Louise, two daughters; Courteney and Jordan and myself.
Clyde and I went onto have a very successful career on the dog section with Clyde's ability allowing me to make numerous arrests for a wide range of offences. He was widely considered by many throughout his period on the section as potentially the best tracking dog Essex Police had at the time. One stand out job amongst many was in the early hours of the morning when a report of three males at Colchester railway station were robbing a male. On our arrival we saw the three males scaling a six foot fence attempting to escape. We immediately detained the last male scaling the fence - he dropped to his feet and gave up on see Clyde ! The other two got over the fence and split up. We started to track after them - this led us back up to the train tracks where we detained another male, leaving one more bad guy to catch. We returned to the area where I believed they had first split up - Clyde picked up the track straight away and following a lengthy track over gates and through numerous fields, we found the last male in the middle of a field hiding.
Clyde enjoyed every aspect of his life, both at home and work, however you could always see the want in him to get to work and do what he loved.
Clyde had a very successful trials record representing
Essex Police at all levels.
We first entered the force trials in 2008 as a novice team. At the time Clyde had a nose infection which hampered his ability a little, however he was still given a Good Certificate for our efforts.
In 2009 we again entered the force trials with us finishing second with an Excellent Certificate and claiming the Man Work Trophy along the way. Due to this result we represented Essex Police in the Regional dog trials held in Suffolk in March 2010. We did well and learnt a lot for what would be a good showing and our best results the next year. At the end of 2010 we entered the force trials again and in many people's minds we were favourite to lift the Force Trophy. We didn't disappoint as we won the Force Trials with our highest score to date and another Excellent Certificate. Clyde also went on to win the Man Work Trophy, the Obedience Trophy and the one I really wanted - The Tracking Trophy. Due to our success we again represented Essex Police at the Regional Trials held in March 2011 - another successful trials here meant we went onto represent Essex Police at The National Trials finishing a very respectful eleventh.
Clyde retired from the Dog Section in April 2013 as I left to get promoted. He enjoyed his retirement, however, you could see he always had a yearning to go back to work. In our spare time we still carried on doing all the disciplines that he had learnt during his service on the section.
On 16th September 2015 we had to rush Clyde to the vets; he was struggling to get up and had lost the spark he had every day. The vets took him in and immediately started to operate on him. Within the hour we had the news we were fearing, Clyde was suffering from cancer which had spread to numerous areas. The heart breaking decision was made and three days later Clyde was returned to us to be buried in one of his favourite spots in our garden.
Clyde was loved by everyone who surrounded him and immediately by all who met him.
Clyde will be sorely missed but always remembered for the joy he brought to all of us.
I would like to thank the Committee of
Essex Retired Police Dogs Fund for all their assistance and kind words.
RIP Police Dog Clyde - Loyal to the very end.
(Published October 2015)