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English springer spaniels trained to find human body parts and fluids in water join Beds, Cambs and Herts dog unit

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They look so cute and innocent, but these two English springer spaniels are trained to help with the grimmest of police work in Hertfordshire.

Police dogs Max and Xena are now ready to be deployed to assist colleagues in cases such as murders, serious assaults, serious sexual offences and missing persons across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

The two-year-old pair are trained to locate human body parts, bodily fluids and bodies in water after they and their handlers passed their victim recovery, crime scene investigation and drowned victim detection dog course.

Two-year-old English springer spaniels Xena and Max (47880777)
Two-year-old English springer spaniels Xena and Max (47880777)

Jackie Sebire, Assistant Chief Constable for joint protective services, said: "This is a first for Beds, Cambs and Herts and will be of real benefit across the forces, adding to our vast areas of specialism within the unit already.

“The dog unit provide vital support across the tri-force in so many areas and it's fantastic to see the development of the team in this area.”

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