Barking! West Midlands Police dog Peach’s woof justice

A police dog ‘wrote’ a witness statement after prosecution officials repeatedly demanded it provide evidence for a court case.

Police dog Peach with the 'witness statement'
Police dog Peach with the 'witness statement'

The West Midlands Police dog, called Peach, was asked by Crown Prosecution Service staff to recount details of an arrest where it assisted.

But a police officer who decided to reply as a joke has now found himself under investigation for his actions. The officer has referred himself to the West Midlands Police’s professional standards department.

A picture of the statement, circulated on Twitter, reads: “I chase him. I bite him. He tasty. Good boy. Good boy Peach.”

It stated that the age of the “witness” was four and that his number was PD4341.

The document was pinned to the wall of a dog training centre in Balsall Common, Birmingham, and a picture of it soon appeared on social networking websites. The image was later deleted but the dog section of a different force, West Yorkshire, enjoyed it so much they posted the image on Twitter in a tweet that was shared more than 150 times.

Detective Chief Inspector Julian Harper said: “The professional standards department is looking into this. Early inquiries suggest it is a light-hearted exchange as a result of a misunderstanding around a police dog and a police officer. The matter will be investigated.”

Ian Edwards, chairman of the West Midlands branch of the Police Federation, said: “It’s a difficult time for police and sometimes humour is a way of venting frustrations. I would urge our PSD to be even-handed in the way they deal with it.”

Last year, new guidelines on the use of Twitter were issued by the force.

It meant that any account set up by an officer wanting to tweet in a professional capacity had to have it approved by the force’s communications team. The guidelines warned that any breaches of the policy could lead to disciplinary action from the Deputy Chief Constable.

Comments for: "Barking! West Midlands Police dog Peach’s woof justice"

Jameshaybarn

Its a funny story from a Policeman with a sense of humour, it does not need any investigation! The dog should be allowed to bite anyone who thinks it does! Thank you for some lighthearted fun, made me laugh.

Tina

It is sad to think that this bit of good fun is being referred to the police standards. Money and time would be better spent on more important issues. GOOD BOY PEACH !!!!! Obviously those who have brought this about have no sense of humour.

Phil WV14

At 1st I thought that was paw handwriting... But for a 4 yr old... It's not so bad!

Headlines should have read... Policeman Collared by Dog!

If the cop involved is disciplined, it will show that Police are to become robots and remove the human aspect. Give him a break!

Thehoffaleftsock

Typical over the top reaction, give the dog a bravery award for biting some of these people in our society, stinking smelly yuk, In fact give the dog a tetanus injection in case he catches something.

Billywiseman

Great story and well done Po..give us a break.......

Les

I think this is great GOOD BOY PEACH!!!! How stupid are the crown prosecution service staff to ask a dog for a statement..It beggars belief ..so the DOG just went and explained it to them and wrote a statement..Does anyone else here think they may be a little stupid in asking a DOG for a statement..Well done that man a Police officer with a sense of humour.Lol

John

Once again, political correctness getting in the way of the police doing their job. They have to deal with the scum of the earth and yet the aren't even allowed to make a VERY light-hearted joke about themselves. All this will do is send out the message police aren't human beings but robots, employed by gestapo corporations whose only purpose is to ensure we all conform. And are YOU the greatest role models on earth, eh.. haven't these corporate interests done us a power of good. Cough.

joepublic

no investigation into the idiot that asked the dog for a written report then?

Rob

Wow a copper with a sense of humour, and the bosses without.... what do we expect of the top brass of the police, the bosses beat is a desk and have little grasp on reality as most judges do.... Good boy Peach!

sharon

OMG it is a bit of fun.Get a life.

Sarah

GOOD BOY PEACH :-) GOOD BOY PC (sense of humor), political correctness gone stark raving bonkers, how much money will be wasted for a investigation into this when the money could be better spent let say helping to catch criminals.