Thames Valley Police dog and officer receive commendations – Bicester
Friday 25 November 2016, 11:54am
A Thames Valley Police dog and his handler have received commendations from Chief Constable Francis Habgood for their outstanding work during a burglary at a property Bicester.
PC Wayne Mills and PD Cody received the commendations at a ceremony at the Force’s Training Centre in Sulhamstead, near Reading, on Thursday (24/11).
The commendations reflect their work at an incident in Forsythia Close which took place on 1 September this year.
PC Mills and PD Cody were on duty when they responded to a report of a burglary in progress.
Upon arrival, PC Mills and PD Cody were confronted by a man who had armed himself with two metal bars. The man confronted PC Mills and, during a struggle to detain him, PC Mills was struck on the head with one of the metal bars.
PD Cody took hold of the other metal bar, to prevent the offender from using it.
PC Mills received a serious injury to his head but managed to detain the man until other officers arrived.
PC Mills said, “Cody is a man of few words, but I can say I am grateful to be recognised by the Chief Constable for the work myself and Cody have done.”
Speaking after the ceremony, Chief Constable Francis Habgood said: “It gives me great pleasure to present these commendations to PC Mills and PD Cody. Cody is a specially trained police dog, to help prevent and detect crime, and his actions were exemplary.
“This commendation recognises and praises the professionalism of both PC Mills and PD Cody, and the dedication that goes into the training of a police dog. In giving this award, we also mark the important role of the animals who support us as a police force and recognise that they too are part of the police family.”
Notes for editors:
A 35-year-old man from Oxford has been arrested on suspicion of GBH in connection with this incident and has been bailed until 13th January 2016.