AN EYE-CATCHING statue made from knives taken off the streets and decommissioned guns has been created to honour and celebrate police dogs.
It was made by Ironworks sculptor Luke Kite and was officially unveiled by West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion and Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans at the force’s Hindlip headquarters.
As well as the weapons other items which relate to the lives of police dogs, such as bowls and whistles, have also been incorporated.
Dog handlers and their four -legged colleagues, including retired PD Bacca and PC Mike Davey were also at last Friday’s event, October 11.
PD Bacca received a bravery award when, after attempting to stop a man with a knife in Hereford, he was slashed a number of times.
Despite his injuries, he returned to the scene to protect PC Davey.
Commissioner John Campion said: “Police dogs are a hugely important part of their police service.
“I have been a vocal supporter of Finn’s Law, supporting greater legal protection to dogs who bravely run towards danger on a daily basis.
“I would like to extend my thanks to the Ironworks for this incredible reminder of the hard work, dedication and bravery of the dogs.”
Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said: “Incorporating the items from amnesties makes the tribute even more appropriate to the force and what it represents.”
Some of the knives used were left over from Ironworks’ 27ft Knife Angel sculpture which was created as the national monument against violence and aggression and to show the impact knife crime had on people’s lives.
Clive Knowles, chair of The British Ironwork Centre, in Oswestry, said he felt the project was a ‘natural fit’ for the organisation to support.
“We are always keen to support West Mercia Police, as they were the first constabulary that helped us with our National Anti Violence Campaign.”