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Big paws to fill! New police dog takes over after hound’s retirement

PUBLISHED: 12:10 29 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:34 01 October 2018

Police dog Jaeger has joined the Norfolk and Suffolk Police Dog Unit. Picture: NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK POLICE DOG UNIT

Police dog Jaeger has joined the Norfolk and Suffolk Police Dog Unit. Picture: NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK POLICE DOG UNIT

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A new police dog is to pound the streets of Norfolk and Suffolk after his popular predecessor’s retirement.

Police dog Rio has retired from the Norfolk and Suffolk Police Dog Unit. Picture: NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK POLICE DOG UNITPolice dog Rio has retired from the Norfolk and Suffolk Police Dog Unit. Picture: NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK POLICE DOG UNIT

Norfolk and Suffolk Police Dogs Tweeted this week to say that previous police dog Rio had retired after seven years on the frontline with officers on the beat.

The team Tweeted: “After seven years loyal service to the people of Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk PD (now RPD) Rio has stood down and handed the baton over to TPD Jaeger.

“There are some big paws to fill.”

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