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Police dog Vida uncovers evidence leading to an arrest

PD Vida and her handler were called into action for her first search shift

Rebecca Astill

Posted 2 months ago

A police dog helped find crucial evidence during their first ever shift on the job.

PD Vida and her handler PC Steff John were called in to assist as one man was arrested on suspicion of malicious communications last Thursday.

Enquiries had led Dyfed-Powys police officers to question a suspect in the Brecon area who refused to reveal where mobile phones believed to be at the centre of the questioning were hidden.

The dog unit was deployed to help out and arrived at 1:25pm. They were pointed in the direction of an area of concern and then searched for any potential evidence linked to the case.

It was Vida and her handler Steff John who uncovered two hidden mobile phones in the undergrowth within 15 minutes.

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Steff said, “An area of concern was pointed out and I was deployed with Vida. At 1.39pm, Vida located the mentioned items of property.”

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of malicious communications in connection with the search.

This was Vida’s first ever search shift after the three-year-old Dutch Shepherd successfully passed her general purpose course in February 2021.

Since then, she has been involved in a few missing person cases but this was her first search for missing property.

Vida joined Dyfed-Powys police in July 2020 as a rescue dog from German Shepherd Rescue Elite, and has gone from strength to strength with the handler Steff John.

One to watch - police dog Vida is sure to have a bright future ahead of her!

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