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RAF Police Dog Display Team Take Top Spot at Crufts 2020

On Sat 7 March and Sun 8 March, the RAF Police Dog Display Team performed at Crufts 2020, the world’s biggest dog show.

In front of thousands of dog lovers from around the globe, friends and family the RAF Police Dog Display Team showcased the outstanding agility, obedience and sheer dedication of the RAF’s finest Military Working Dogs. The deafening applause and cheers from the audience was so loud you could barely hear the commentary from Sgt Mark Ginger.

The 10-strong RAF Police handlers and their dogs from RAF Brize Norton, Coningsby, Marham, Odiham, RAF Honington, RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Waddington are a part time display team that has continuously wowed audiences since 1947.

Air Officer Commanding Number 2 Group, Air Vice Marshal Alan Gillespie proudly took salute from Team Leader Cpl Alex Cooper and MWD Reja in front of the RAF Benevolent Fund banner. After that show Air Vice Marshal Alan Gillespie spoke to every member of the team. He said

“He was immensely proud of the team and the work they do for the RAF. He thoroughly enjoyed the show and was pleased to see the joining together of the team and the RAF Benevolent Fund.”

The team invited Jacob the Pilot and his family to watch the show. Jacob said:

“He loved the show especially seeing MWD Tommy.” He added “Tommy is a bit naughty, just like me!”

This year the team have collaborated with the RAF Benevolent Fund to help raise the profile of their ‘Join the Search – Change a Life’ campaign. If you know of any veterans in need of help, please contact the RAF Benevolent Fund via their website or telephone 0300 102 1919.

Sgt Mark Ginger commentating on the RAF Police Dog Display Team
Sgt Mark Ginger commentating on the RAF Police Dog Display Team
RAF Police Dog Display Team (dogs in view are Police Dog Dara and Arms and Explosive Search Dog Bruce)
RAF Police Dog Display Team (dogs in view are Police Dog Dara and Arms and Explosive Search Dog Bruce)
Cpl Jess Bremner with Xantos competing against Cpl Beth Corden with Bruce on the weave
Cpl Jess Bremner with Xantos competing against Cpl Beth Corden with Bruce on the weave
AOC 2 Gp, AVM Alan Cooper receives the salute from Team Leader Cpl Alex Cooper
AOC 2 Gp, AVM Alan Cooper receives the salute from Team Leader Cpl Alex Cooper
Cpl Hannah Smith with Tommy
Cpl Hannah Smith with Tommy
AOC 2 Gp, AVM Alan Cooper, Mrs Cath Gillespie celebrate IWD with the RAF Police Dog Display Team, RAF Benevolent Fund Ambassadors and West Midlands Police
AOC 2 Gp, AVM Alan Cooper, Mrs Cath Gillespie celebrate IWD with the RAF Police Dog Display Team, RAF Benevolent Fund Ambassadors and West Midlands Police

Photographer – SAC Hazel Reader, RAF Coningsby

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