Two Camborne police dogs retire after more than 18 years service

Asbo

Asbo

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Two police dogs with more than 18 years service between them will retire from the Force next month.

German shepherd ‘Asbo’ and sprocker spaniel ‘Springo’ (pictured)have both enjoyed long careers under the watchful eye of police dog handler, PC Ian Tolchard, based at Camborne.

Asbo, a nine-year-old general purpose police dog, joined the Force in 2005 and has been highly successful in his role, finding missing people and locating criminals.

One highlight was locating a confused, elderly patient and who had absconded from the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske. Without being found there are doubts the man would have survived the night.

Following a negative search by numerous units, including the police helicopter, Asbo located the man, who had got himself stuck in dense undergrowth , out of view on Truro golf course.

Spingo, a drugs search dog, began duties with PC Tolchard in 2003 after the officer adopted him from Plymouth’s Gables Farm cats and dogs home.

Now 11, Springo has carried out his duties as a drugs search dog and has excelled in his role, also being trained to search for firearms and cash.

PC Tolchard said: “His record of work is excellent; on one occasion he found a hidden assault rifle which had been used to threaten members of the public. On another successful job he managed to locate large sums of hidden cash which was being smuggled out of the country from local ports.

PC Tolchard added: “I have been very proud to have worked on the Dog Section for the past 13 years. In my opinion there can be no greater challenge than to be part of a successful police dog team and I have been very fortunate to have worked with some fantastic animals and colleagues.”

Both dogs are now going to receive a happy retirement living at home with PC Tolchard who will take ownership of them as his pets.

PC Tolchard remains a serving police officer and will move on from the dog section to a new posting at Hayle and St Ives.

Falmouth Packet:

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3:24pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

What a pair of lovely dogs, Asbo looks gorgeous, I love German Shepherd dogs, I Hope they have a happy well earned retirement.

(I think the article has some confusion, Spingo looks like a 'Springer' Spaniel to me, perhaps someone went to a Christmas party before they wrote the article:)
What a pair of lovely dogs, Asbo looks gorgeous, I love German Shepherd dogs, I Hope they have a happy well earned retirement. (I think the article has some confusion, Spingo looks like a 'Springer' Spaniel to me, perhaps someone went to a Christmas party before they wrote the article:) Gillian Zella Martin 09
  • Score: 6

3:31pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Gillian Zella Martin 09 wrote:
What a pair of lovely dogs, Asbo looks gorgeous, I love German Shepherd dogs, I Hope they have a happy well earned retirement.

(I think the article has some confusion, Spingo looks like a 'Springer' Spaniel to me, perhaps someone went to a Christmas party before they wrote the article:)
What I actually meant to add was, the article names the dog Springo and Spingo, leaving me a little confused as to the correct name.
[quote][p][bold]Gillian Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: What a pair of lovely dogs, Asbo looks gorgeous, I love German Shepherd dogs, I Hope they have a happy well earned retirement. (I think the article has some confusion, Spingo looks like a 'Springer' Spaniel to me, perhaps someone went to a Christmas party before they wrote the article:)[/p][/quote]What I actually meant to add was, the article names the dog Springo and Spingo, leaving me a little confused as to the correct name. Gillian Zella Martin 09
  • Score: 7

4:58pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Rainbow over Helston says...

Lol you made a mistake about the mistake Gill, bound to be Spingo not Springo. Nice dogs good to see they are being kept by the same owner in retirement.
Lol you made a mistake about the mistake Gill, bound to be Spingo not Springo. Nice dogs good to see they are being kept by the same owner in retirement. Rainbow over Helston
  • Score: 6

5:24pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Rainbow over Helston wrote:
Lol you made a mistake about the mistake Gill, bound to be Spingo not Springo. Nice dogs good to see they are being kept by the same owner in retirement.
Yes lol, I wasn't picking fault with it as a mistake about the name I was just confused. I make more mistakes than most people.
Spingo (or Springo) looks more Springer than Sprocker to me, I like cocker spaniels better than springer spaniels and I am not keen on the cross breeding of them. He looks a lovely dog though.
[quote][p][bold]Rainbow over Helston[/bold] wrote: Lol you made a mistake about the mistake Gill, bound to be Spingo not Springo. Nice dogs good to see they are being kept by the same owner in retirement.[/p][/quote]Yes lol, I wasn't picking fault with it as a mistake about the name I was just confused. I make more mistakes than most people. Spingo (or Springo) looks more Springer than Sprocker to me, I like cocker spaniels better than springer spaniels and I am not keen on the cross breeding of them. He looks a lovely dog though. Gillian Zella Martin 09
  • Score: 5

5:33pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Rainbow over Helston says...

Well i'm glad we've cleared that one up then lol
Well i'm glad we've cleared that one up then lol Rainbow over Helston
  • Score: 3

10:30am Tue 24 Dec 13

CousinJack says...

If the police handler didn't take them they would have to be put down, police and army dogs are to dangerous for civilians to keep.

"Toto was gentle as a kitten until he ate the face off my neighbours toddler"
"must be the owners fault"
"it will wash away with the tide"
Time to end the tyranny of the dog and cat owners
If the police handler didn't take them they would have to be put down, police and army dogs are to dangerous for civilians to keep. "Toto was gentle as a kitten until he ate the face off my neighbours toddler" "must be the owners fault" "it will wash away with the tide" Time to end the tyranny of the dog and cat owners CousinJack
  • Score: -13

11:20am Tue 24 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

CousinJack wrote:
If the police handler didn't take them they would have to be put down, police and army dogs are to dangerous for civilians to keep.

"Toto was gentle as a kitten until he ate the face off my neighbours toddler"
"must be the owners fault"
"it will wash away with the tide"
Time to end the tyranny of the dog and cat owners
They do re-home retired ex working police dogs with members of the public, in fact there was an article regarding one called 'Indie' if I remember rightly, in the Packet a while ago looking for a retirement placement.
[quote][p][bold]CousinJack[/bold] wrote: If the police handler didn't take them they would have to be put down, police and army dogs are to dangerous for civilians to keep. "Toto was gentle as a kitten until he ate the face off my neighbours toddler" "must be the owners fault" "it will wash away with the tide" Time to end the tyranny of the dog and cat owners[/p][/quote]They do re-home retired ex working police dogs with members of the public, in fact there was an article regarding one called 'Indie' if I remember rightly, in the Packet a while ago looking for a retirement placement. Gillian Zella Martin 09
  • Score: 12

1:50pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Rainbow over Helston says...

Gill you have a very good memory, I've just searched the packet archives, Sunday 13th of Feb 2011 "Home wanted for retiring police dog" Indie.

You asked to know who i was on another article on here, your real full name is Gillian R. Zella Martin is it not? How many people know that? I wont put what the R stands for lol
Gill you have a very good memory, I've just searched the packet archives, Sunday 13th of Feb 2011 "Home wanted for retiring police dog" Indie. You asked to know who i was on another article on here, your real full name is Gillian R. Zella Martin is it not? How many people know that? I wont put what the R stands for lol Rainbow over Helston
  • Score: 8

2:16pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Rainbow over Helston wrote:
Gill you have a very good memory, I've just searched the packet archives, Sunday 13th of Feb 2011 "Home wanted for retiring police dog" Indie.

You asked to know who i was on another article on here, your real full name is Gillian R. Zella Martin is it not? How many people know that? I wont put what the R stands for lol
2011, didn't realise it was that long ago. I remembered the article because if I could have afforded to I would have had Indie for his retirement. I used to own a German Shepherd years ago and looked after and trained others. The Devon and Cornwall Police Service are not the only police service to re-home some retired working dogs.

Yes, my name is Gillian R. Z. Martin. Yes, I think I must know who you are.
[quote][p][bold]Rainbow over Helston[/bold] wrote: Gill you have a very good memory, I've just searched the packet archives, Sunday 13th of Feb 2011 "Home wanted for retiring police dog" Indie. You asked to know who i was on another article on here, your real full name is Gillian R. Zella Martin is it not? How many people know that? I wont put what the R stands for lol[/p][/quote]2011, didn't realise it was that long ago. I remembered the article because if I could have afforded to I would have had Indie for his retirement. I used to own a German Shepherd years ago and looked after and trained others. The Devon and Cornwall Police Service are not the only police service to re-home some retired working dogs. Yes, my name is Gillian R. Z. Martin. Yes, I think I must know who you are. Gillian Zella Martin 09
  • Score: 9

2:42pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Rainbow over Helston says...

CousinJack wrote:
If the police handler didn't take them they would have to be put down, police and army dogs are to dangerous for civilians to keep.

"Toto was gentle as a kitten until he ate the face off my neighbours toddler"
"must be the owners fault"
"it will wash away with the tide"
Time to end the tyranny of the dog and cat owners
I am wondering why you have written that? It is lack of UK knowledge? Do you live in the UK? Do you google your information? Most police dogs live at home with the handler and their families, some with children, so the dog would need to be not dangerous, and when did a cat ever attack anyone, do you just post comments hoping for an adverse reaction? Your comment about lower class children on the free school meals article sounds to me an unkind thing to say.
[quote][p][bold]CousinJack[/bold] wrote: If the police handler didn't take them they would have to be put down, police and army dogs are to dangerous for civilians to keep. "Toto was gentle as a kitten until he ate the face off my neighbours toddler" "must be the owners fault" "it will wash away with the tide" Time to end the tyranny of the dog and cat owners[/p][/quote]I am wondering why you have written that? It is lack of UK knowledge? Do you live in the UK? Do you google your information? Most police dogs live at home with the handler and their families, some with children, so the dog would need to be not dangerous, and when did a cat ever attack anyone, do you just post comments hoping for an adverse reaction? Your comment about lower class children on the free school meals article sounds to me an unkind thing to say. Rainbow over Helston
  • Score: 8

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