An award-winning police dog
based in Coventry is retiring today after seven years with his
Tyson will be saying farewell
to PC Bill McNamara. The pair have won numerous commendations
The 10-year-old German
Shephard is now looking forward to a life of canine contentment as a
PC McNamara, who won Dog
Handler of the Year in 1995, has represented West Midlands Police with
Tyson and inter-force dog trials across the country.
They have also become
celebrities, appearing on Sky TV’s documentary Coppers and in the
display team at Crufts.
Tyson has also been put
through his paces In Coventry on many occasions at events supporting
Together the pair arrested a
man armed with a knife and a CS gas canister who had gone to ground in
They also confronted five men
following an incident of random violence in the city centre, and
despite the offenders running off, managed to track them and bring
them to book.
PC McNamara, who does not
expect to team up with another dog for a while, said:
“Tyson will be retiring
today after an outstanding career as a police dog.
am extremely proud of his achievements and it is true to say that
his loyalty has saved me and other officers from personal injury
during knife attacks on many occasions.”