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Email link to popular sniffer dog
Jake the sniffer dog
Jake can now be "contacted" by email
A police sniffer dog has proved so popular with schoolchildren that he has been given his own email address.

Keen-nosed canine crime fighter Jake, has clocked up more than two years with the Durham force.

Labrador Jake and handler PC Alison Dawson have made 28 arrests and carried out 500 investigations since stepping out in Durham and Chester-le-Street.

It is hoped youngsters will be encouraged to find out more about drugs by sending emails to Jake's address.

Jake joined the force in 2002, with help from a 50,000 government grant.

PC Dawson said Jake had made a big impression with children during school visits.

She said: "I hope Jake's email address will be a useful tool to educate youngsters about the perils of substance abuse and other policing matters.

'Serious messages'

"Children will be encouraged to send in questions about substance awareness, police dogs or other matters of interest to them in their communities.

"However, the idea is for them to enjoy corresponding with Jake.

"Hopefully, by adopting a fun approach to learning we can get more serious messages about drugs to youngsters before they are in situations where they might come into contact with them."

Donated to Durham Police by a former Cleveland officer, Jake was trained in the detection of drugs by specialists from the force's regional dog training school based at Harperley Hall, near Crook.

His Home Office licence has just been renewed for another year and he has added another string to his bow as he can now detect the date-rape drug rohypnol.

Jake's email address is jake@durham.pnn.police.uk.

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