A new monument in Worchester has been unveiled to honor police dogs. They used knives and decommissioned guns that were seized from criminals to create the entire sculpture.
The statue was created to recognize the ‘loyalty and service’ of the West Mercia Police canines. It stands outside of its headquarters in Hindlip.
Sculptors at the British Ironworks Centre, Oswestry created the sculpture free of charge and donated it to the police department. The police said it was ‘an incredible reminder of the hard work, dedication, and bravery of the dogs’.
Included in the sculpture are blades and weapons left over after Knife Angel was created. That 26-foot high statue is a tribute to knife crime victims. Also included in the statue are canine ID tags, dog bowls, and whistles.
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"Officially Unveiled!" . . One of the Ironworks latest creations to be unveiled is the ‘Police Dog’, made in honour of the service given and bravery shown by K-9’s across the UK. Hundreds of police dogs risk their lives, and are involved in violent and extreme circumstances every year, whilst assisting and protecting officers carrying out their roles. Made up of hundreds of decommissioned firearms, and knives taken from the streets of the UK, West Mercia Police felt the need to recognise the self sacrificing loyalty and bravery shown by these animals and truly honour them with a piece of art which would act as a permanent reminder to all. We are very excited to be able to show you, after months of planning and creating – what we have been working on with West Mercia Police and Sculptor, Luke Kite. This piece will now be on display outside West Mercia Police HQ in Worcester. We hope you love him as much as we do! #policedog #sculpture #westmerciapolice #knifeamnesty #savealife #knifeangel #lukekite #bravery #wedontdeservedogs #police #metalart #artoftheday #unilad #bbc #itv #channel5 #metalsculpture #worcester #shropshire #oswestry #britishironworkcentre #artwork #familydayout #unique #unveiling #germanshepherd #dog #canine
In April, the unveiling of a national police dog Memorial took place in Essex. The statue in Worchester, however, is unique according to the British Ironwork Centre.
“It will be the first one that’s ever been created using weapons and blades,” said Clive Knowles, chairman at the center.
Many police dogs and their human handlers, including Bacca, a retired police dog, and his former handler, Mike Davey were at the unveiling.
A top bravery award was given to Bacca in July after he defended Mr. Davey from an armed assailant carrying a knife. Bacca suffered stab wounds during the altercation.
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