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Top Dog Zeena and PC Kevin Hughes win National Dog Trials

Date Published: 15/05/2012
PC Kevin Hughes and Zeena
PC Kevin Hughes and Zeena, National Police Dog Champions, at the SWP Dog Section in Bridgend.

The South Wales Police Dog Section made history recently when PC Kevin Hughes and police dog Zeena became the first Welsh team to win the National Police Dog Trials since the competition began in 1963.

The trials were hosted by Surrey Police in Guildford from April 27th -29th.

This prestigious event saw over 30 of the UK’s most highly skilled and experienced dog handlers and police dogs competing for the overall title of ‘National Police Dog Champion’.

Competitors were put through their paces as they tackled three phases of exercises designed to test a wide range of abilities that are used by handlers and dogs to tackle crime.

Having qualified in the regional trials as top Welsh handler and police dog in March, PC Hughes and two-year-old German Shepherd Zeena went on to score an outstanding 860 point out of 1000- 50 points clear of second place- at the national trials.

Their fantastic all-round performance saw PC Hughes and Zeena being presented with the prestigious Jordan Shield as overall winners of the competition.

PC Hughes said:

“I am very honoured to receive the National Police Dog Champion title, not only for myself but for Zeena. It’s great to bring the Jordan Shield home to Wales for the first time.”

Dog Section Inspector Mark Hobrough said:

“This is a fantastic achievement for South Wales Police and a momentous occasion in the history of the Dog Section.

“PC Hughes and Zeena’s success has been achieved by their high level of skill and dedication. They make an excellent team and young Zeena is one of the best working dogs we have in the section.”

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