LIFE for an abandoned dog which ended up at Cliffe Kennels in Barnsley has changed dramatically over the past year or so.

Once an unloved stray, PC Buzz is now a much-valued member of the South Yorkshire Police team.

During his first year of service, Buzz scooped SYP’s Animal of the Year award and excelled in his policing career, detaining prolific criminals, locating people and property and protecting his partner in crime PC Ashley Green.

PD Buzz was found wandering the streets in Bradford, West Yorkshire in August 2021. He was microchipped but his registered owner avoided all contact and did not want Buzz, he eventually ended up at Cliffe Kennels in Barnsley. He then went to South Yorkshire Police showing potential as a police dog.

Looking back on his first year, PD Buzz was fundamental in 26 arrests, 71 pursuits and 38 searches for missing people.

In October 2022, PC Green and PD Buzz were called to reports of concern for a woman on a Sheffield street. After PD Buzz followed her scent to a nearby address, it became apparent she was being threatened by a man, who was acting aggressively. The man was quickly detained, and the woman safeguarded.

His handler PC Green said: “Over the past year Buzz has gone from strength, showing that he was made to be a police dog.

“I joined the dog section in 2021 and was partnered with PD Buzz in 2022. Our relationship is strong, and I trust him to protect me. His rough start in life hasn’t impacted on his loyalty and power to protect, we respect each other and face everything as a team.

“Our first year has been amazing, I believe I have the best job in the world, spending every day with my best friend. I am looking forward to what the next chapter of our career holds.”