Words: Sam Curtis
It's not very often that you hear of a dog receiving an OBE. Police dog Jake, however, has been awarded the PDSA Order of Merit - the animal equivalent of the prestigious award.
The PDSA Order of Merit is awarded to any animal that deserves recognition for exceptional acts of devotion. This is its second ever presentation.
Jake had spent a decade working with Warwickshire police and during that time, he sniffed out more than £5 million in contraband. But sadly the 13-year-old Springer Spaniel passed away just weeks before the presentation ceremony.
Jake started his police career when he was 18-months-old. Following training, he was partnered with PC Andy Crouch, who remained with Jake for the rest of his ten year service.
PC Crouch said: “My family and I were devastated to lose Jake, especially so close to the award presentation. But I am very proud, and his award will take pride of place in our home.”
'Jake's award will take pride of place in our home'
The Order of Merit was presented to currently serving police dog Gwen (pictured top) at London's Goldsmiths Hall on Jake’s behalf. PDSA Director General, Jan McLoughlin, said: “Jake’s contribution has been truly remarkable. His track record was astounding and we are delighted to honour his fantastic career in this way.”
Jake passed away in March after retiring in August 2014. He spent his remaining days at home with owner Andy, his wife Claire and daughter Lydia, and the family's four other dogs.
For more information about the PDSA Order of Merit and its recipients, visit www.pdsa.org.uk/orderofmerit