Police force welcomes nine incredibly cute new recruits

Greater Manchester Police's new K9 puppies
A litter of K9 puppies turned eight weeks old today (Pictures: Greater Manchester Police/Mercury)
A police dog unit has welcomed its nine newest and cutest members – a litter of German Shepherd pups. Greater Manchester Police’s Tactical Dog Unit heard the patter of puppy feet in mid September, when four male and five females were born to Sally, ‘the unit’s ‘brood bitch’, and Mati, a working police dog.

All but three of the adorable fluff balls will train to become official police dogs and have their booster injections today, having turned eight weeks old.

Inspector Jason Knight, 47, explained: ‘The puppies were born on Friday the 13th, which is unlucky for some, but not for us.

‘They don’t have names yet, but once they are homed, their new handlers will give them a name and start to train them.

Manchester police new K9 puppies
The pooches are yet to be given names (Picture: Greater Manchester Police)
Manchester police new K9 puppies
Officers say the nine siblings ‘like to chew on trouser legs’ (Picture: Greater Manchester Police)
MERCURY PRESS. Manchester, UK. (Pictured: Greater Manchester Police Inspector Jason Knight with the new litter of nine German Shepherd puppies at the K9 training centre in Manchester.) A police dog unit has welcomed its nine newest and cutest members - a litter of paws-itively perfect German shepherd pups. Greater Manchester Police's Tactical Dog Unit saw the patter of puppy feet on Friday September 13, when a litter of four male and five females were born. Since parents Sally, the unit's brood bitch, and Mati, a working police dog, had the huge litter all but three of the pooches will train to become official police dogs. (SEE MERCURY COPY)
The four male and five female pups were born to Sally and Mati (Picture: Mercury Press)
Manchester police new K9 puppies
The youngsters are described as ‘very cheeky’ (Picture: Greater Manchester Police)

‘At the moment, they are all very cheeky and similar to each other – they do like to chew on trouser legs and shoe laces and are great with visitors.’

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Straight after their jabs, the sable-coloured pups – pictured in their K9 training centre in Manchester – will begin their play-based training with their new handlers.

This involves activities like ‘playing tug of war with a rag’, which officers say begins their journey to tackling criminals down the line.

The pups, who arrived with the force five weeks after being born, will also be taken on trips to places like airports to get them used to public surroundings.

It is hoped the animals will go on to become general purpose dogs within the force.

Manchester police new K9 puppies
Training activities include ‘tug of war with a rag’ (Picture: Greater Manchester Police)
Manchester police new K9 puppies
The litter arrived on Friday, September 13 (Picture: Greater Manchester Police)
MERCURY PRESS. Manchester, UK. (Pictured: Greater Manchester Police Inspector Jason Knight with the new litter of nine German Shepherd puppies at the K9 training centre in Manchester.) A police dog unit has welcomed its nine newest and cutest members - a litter of paws-itively perfect German shepherd pups. Greater Manchester Police's Tactical Dog Unit saw the patter of puppy feet on Friday September 13, when a litter of four male and five females were born. Since parents Sally, the unit's brood bitch, and Mati, a working police dog, had the huge litter all but three of the pooches will train to become official police dogs. (SEE MERCURY COPY)
Inspector Jason Knight with the two posing pups (Picture: Mercury Press)
MERCURY PRESS. Manchester, UK. (Pictured: Greater Manchester Police have welcomed these nine German Shepherd puppies to its ranks, pictured here in their current home at the K9 training centre in Manchester.) A police dog unit has welcomed its nine newest and cutest members - a litter of paws-itively perfect German shepherd pups. Greater Manchester Police's Tactical Dog Unit saw the patter of puppy feet on Friday September 13, when a litter of four male and five females were born. Since parents Sally, the unit's brood bitch, and Mati, a working police dog, had the huge litter all but three of the pooches will train to become official police dogs. (SEE MERCURY COPY)
Their current home is the K9 training centre in Manchester (Picture: Mercury Press)

Inspector Knight added: ‘It’s important to start socialising the dogs straight away so they won’t become fazed by any experiences while in public.

‘As a general purpose dog, the litter will deal with large scale disorder and crowd control and events such as football matches, and will also be able to track offenders down.

‘An adult male German Shepherd weighs 30 to 40 kilos and has a top speed of 30mph.

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‘We want to train them to become bold, confident and socially acceptable dogs to carry out a very important job.’

After completing their training to become qualified PDs, the pups will work until they are around eight years old, when they will retire from duty.