Meet the Training School team
Geoff joined the Metropolitan Police in April 1985 and became a Dog Handler in 1997. He has worked General Purpose, Drugs and Explosive Search dogs. During his handling career he also worked two dogs with the Trojan Dog Support teams and competed in National Police Dog Trials. He worked as a Passive Drugs search handler at the London Olympics of 2012.
He is a very experienced Dangerous Dog Liaison Officer and also taught in that field, Geoff has also performed research work into Status Dogs.
He became the Chief Instructor at Metropolitan Police Dog School in 2011, a role he kept until retirement in 2016.
Pete was selected onto the Dog Section and became an operational handler in April 1989. He has worked a total of four General Purpose dogs, and three Explosive search dogs. He was the first Surrey handler to work a Passive indicating Explosive search dog.
Pete qualified as an A.C.P.O Police dog Instructor in 1995 and was awarded the Higher BETEC Diploma in Police Dog Instruction in 1999.
He is also qualified as an Explosive Search dog Instructor and a Drugs dog Instructor.
He has taken many Police, Prison and International Initial and Refresher courses which includes General Purpose, Drugs, Explosives and Instructor courses as well as Passive Drugs and Passive Explosives.
He has trained overseas students from Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Hong Kong, Bahrain, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Singapore, Qatar and the Seychelles.
He has also been involved in Surrey continuation training in all aspects of dog work which includes firearms support and P.S.U.
Jude has worked for Surrey Police for 24 years, 15 of those at the Dog Training School.
Her first role in Surrey Police was as a temp in the Training School and she soon became a permanent member of staff. From the Training School she moved to Burpham Mobile Support in a more senior role.
Jude loves dogs, they are her hobby and pastime. She’s done civilian Working Trials and a bit of Agility with her Rottweilers, and showing making up a Champion Curly Coated Retriever so when a position came up at the Dog School it was made for her. The role is administrative but she can still get a fix helping out with the puppies and with the courses!
Following a childhood obsession with dogs, Emma realised from a young age that she was destined for a career within the canine world as German Shepherds had always been her passion.
In 1998 Emma took her first job as a kennel maid at a Boarding & Breeding kennels in Ripley, the role was physically demanding and poorly paid but she was able to spend her days caring for dogs and puppies and couldn’t be happier. During this time Emma was able to develop her skills in dealing with problematic and difficult dogs before moving on to manage a private kennels in Bookham.
In 2001 Emma became the Kennel Manager for a private security company as well as her position in the kennels Emma also qualified as a Security dog handler and worked this role alongside her kennel post.
Andy has 38 year’s police service and worked with police dogs since 1992.
In 2004 he qualified as an ACPO general purpose police dog instructor and in 2009 qualified as an ACPO explosive search dog instructor.
In 2009 Andy transferred into the Surrey police dog school where he has conducted a large number of initial, refresher and continuation training in General purpose, explosive (passive and pro-active) and drugs (passive and pro-active) dogs Andy was also responsible for the firearm support dog courses in conjunction with firearms training department.
During his service in the dog school he has taken numerous UK courses and a number of international courses. The countries being Seychelles police (2), Hong Kong customs (12), Turkish secret service and the Royal Oman police (2).
During his service in the dog school he has taken numerous UK courses and a number of international courses. The countries being Seychelles police (2), Hong Kong customs (10), Turkish secret service and the Royal Oman police (2).
Shuggie is an ex-soldier having completed 20 years in the Scots Guards and leaving at the rank of warrant officer 2. He joined the British Transport Police (BTP) in 1993 and served with them for 23 years. During this time he was based in London and carried out various roles.
He joined the BTP dog section in 2004 and was a dog handler for 13 years. He handled a General Purpose (GP) and Pro-Active Explosive Search Dogs. Shuggie retired from the Police and worked as a civilian Explosive Search Dog handler at Canary Wharf for 2 years prior to joining the dog training school at Guildford.
Graham joined Surrey Police in 1999 and joined the Dog Section in 2006. He has handled three General Purpose Dogs (GPD), and been a qualified Firearms Support Dog Handler. He has also handled a Pro-active Drugs Dog, and a Victim and Forensic Recovery / Drowned Victim Detection Dog. He is also an Explosives Dog handler.
He has competed at Force and Regional Trials with all of his dogs, and the National Police Dog Trials three times, finishing 1st (2015), 3rd (2013) and 6th (2017). Graham has also judged Force and Regional trials.
In 2015, Graham qualified as a National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) General Purpose Police Dog Instructor and in 2017 as a NPCC Drugs Search Dog Instructor. Graham has delivered training for GPD, Drugs (Passive and Pro-active) and VR.
Laura joined Surrey Police in 2005 and began her career on the response team.
She began her career on the Dog Section in 2011. She has worked two General Purpose Dogs, the second one of which was a Firearms Support trained dog.
Also with the second dog she competed in the National Police Dog Trials in 2017 which were held in Bristol. The team achieved a commendable fourth place.
She has also worked a dual trained Passive/Proactive drugs detection dog for six years and is now working an explosive search dog.
Laura successfully passed her NPCC General Purpose Instructors course in October 2017.
Whilst working her dogs on Division she took rota training along with assisting in the Dog Training School taking Refresher courses.
She joined the Dog School in April 2020 and is looking forward to taking her first GP Initial course later this year.
Andy joined Surrey Police in March 1980 and his sole aim was to become a Police Dog Handler. This he achieved in September 1994. He has handled four General Purpose dogs, two pro-active drugs dogs, one non-compliance dog and one Victim Recovery Dog. He qualified as a Home Office Instructor in January 2004.
He took many courses from 2004 until his retirement as an officer in 2013. Upon this retirement he applied for a post as a Civilian Instructor in The Dog Training School. This was successful and he has continued training GP, Drugs (Pro-Active and Passive), Victim Recovery along with Drowned Victim Detection Dogs, he also instructs on Classroom Skills courses.
He has competed in Regional Trials on several occasions.
Neil joined the Metropolitan Police in 1976 and served as a foot duty officer (Response Team) for 11 years at Harrow Road Police Station which covered parts of Bayswater, Paddington and Notting Hill. During this time he spent attachments on a local dedicated Vice Squad. He also was deployed as a Firearms Officer on the Diplomatic Protection Group.
Having been selected for Dog Handling duties in 1985, Neil was given his first GSD puppy in the following year. For the ensuing year he worked on the Central London Dog Unit before completing an Initial Course at The Dog Training Establishment, Keston.
Working successive GP dogs in central London he gained experience in Tactical Firearms Support and also became a keen Trialist, taking part in multiple Area Dog Trials and qualifying for Regional Dog Trials on a number of occasions. He was successful in winning three Regional Trials and qualified for the National Police Trials on five occasions. He won the Stanley Peck Obedience Championship and achieved ‘Excellent’ standard at four NPDTs.
Tim joined the then Surrey Constabulary in 1990 and began his career on the now northern area of the force.
Like many others it was always his aim to become a Police Dog Handler, and this he achieved in 1997.
He has worked four General Purpose dogs, one Proactive Drugs search dog, one Non Compliance dog, one Victim Recovery dog and two explosives search dogs. Several of his General Purpose dogs were also trained in Firearms Support Team work.
He has sucessfully competed in many Regional and National Police Dog Trials.
He became a General Purpose Home Office Instructor in 2008 and an Explosives Search Dog Instructor in 2016.
Upon retiring from the force in 2020 he joined the Dog Training School where he will continue to impart his experience to Operational handlers.
Ian joined The Metropolitan Police in 1986 serving Brixton Police Division. During this time he was involved in a combination of Response Team work, both uniform and plain clothes Proactive Crime Teams, long term surveillance and investigations into the supply of narcotics. He qualified as an advanced driver and drove the Area Crime car.
In 1994 Ian transferred to Croydon Division where he continued as a Response Team Officer driving The area crime car. He was also involved in proactive crime initiatives working in plain clothes targeting drug supply and criminals involved in organised pick pocketing. This involved the close surveillance of suspects and apprehending them whilst carrying out offences.
In 2001 Ian successfully applied for a post as a General Purpose Dog Handler and was posted to work in South West London. He has handled a Belgian Malinois and two German Shepherd Dogs. All three dogs worked with Crime Squad teams as part of the Metropolitan Police’s response to gang crime and street robbery. Much of this work was carried out in plain clothes increasing the likelihood of apprehending offenders.
During this period Ian won The Woolwich Trophy with both his Malinois and his last German Shepherd dog. The Woolwich Trophy is awarded to the best young dog in London. He is the only person in the Metropolitan Police to have won this award with dogs from two different breeds.
In 2011 Ian became a General Purpose Dog Instructor working at the Metropolitan Police Dog Training School and was given the Breeding and Puppy Development portfolio. He carried out this role until his retirement in 2016. Whilst instructing at the Met Dog School he worked a passive narcotics dog.
After retirement Ian has worked abroad as a private contractor training Police Dogs for specialist firearm support work.
In October 2020 Ian started work at Surrey and Sussex Police assisting with puppy training, breeding and the sourcing of working dogs.