Tributes paid after police dog killed while chasing suspects

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has paid tributes to one of its police dogs after he was killed on duty while chasing burglars.

Apr 16, 2021
By Tony Thompson

Jet, a six-year-old German shepherd, was hit by a train on Wednesday morning (April 14) while pursuing suspects linked to a commercial burglary in Yate, south Gloucestershire.

The force said “PD Jet went on to an obscured section of railway line and was struck by a train”. Despite receiving emergency treatment, his injuries were deemed too severe and the decision was taken to put him to sleep at midday on April 15.

The burglary suspects remain at large and inquiries to locate them are continuing.

PD Jet joined the force from Devon and Cornwall Police in September last year and has helped to locate wanted and vulnerable people. As part of its tribute, the force reproduced Tweets citing some of his earlier successes.

Chief Inspector Jason Shears said: “We are incredibly sad at the loss of PD Jet who was a determined and focused police dog who loved working in the many important roles our dogs perform in, all of which help to keep our communities safe.

“Jet and his handler had a very special bond which was cemented by the months of hard work and training carried out. Jet will be missed by all within Avon and Somerset Police.”

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