Posted 2 months ago
Constable Dave Bartley with Ghost (right) and his second police dog Lucy.
A new statue has been installed in Liverpool to honour a police dog who lost his life in service.
The statue, dedicated to PD Ghost, has been placed in front of the Operational Command Centre in Liverpool.
Ghost, a German Shepherd, died after being hit by a vehicle on the M6 in 2016.
Speaking about PD Ghost, Dog Section Inspector Tony Byrne told the ECHO: “When Ghost first joined the force he actually could not smell, which isn’t good for a police dog, and it was discovered that he had polyps in his nose.
“He also suffered a lot of damage to his tail and last year he had a torsion in his stomach and it was feared that we would have to retire him.
“It is rare for dogs to recover from things like this but he was big strong dog and came back from it.
“Our police dogs are highly valued members of our force, who work closely with their handlers, so as you can imagine this is extremely upsetting time for Ghost’s handler and our whole department.
“The dogs are an integral part of the force, who work day in, day out to assist in our fight against crime."
Ghost was just one week shy of his fourth birthday when he was searching for intruders at an address at Southworth Road in Newton-le-Willows.
Soon after the search, however, he was discovered dead on the M6 after suffering traumatic injuries from being hit by a vehicle.
Police said there was no connection between the two incidents.
PD Ghost worked with handler Constable Dave Bartley on a number of jobs, including an off-duty job where he detained a man for the theft of a car in the St Helens area.
On one of their last shifts together, PD Ghost and Constable Bartley located a man hiding in a wooded after following reports of an incident in Norris Green.
The dog also tracked down a balaclava that had been buried under tree roots, leading to the arrest of two men, and discovered a cash box from a taxi driver after it had been stolen from a cab.
The statue was commissioned by Jane Kennedy, Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside and sculpted by Andrew Edwards.