Ironworks to Create a Memorial to Honour Operational and Specialist Police Dogs.
Following the tragic and horrific stabbing of a service dog during duty, The West Mercia Police force were ignited with the idea to create something truly unique in honour of their operational and specialist police dogs. These incredible animals have been serving in forces across the nation for hundreds of years, working hard each and every day to ensure that their communities and police handlers are safe. Currently there are no memorials within Shropshire and the wider West Mercia region created specifically to honour our service dogs, which is why the West Mercia Police force have approached us with the enquiry to create one.
Concept drawing of initial design for the Sculpture.
These dogs are immensely self-sacrificing, often going headfirst into precarious and highly dangerous situations for the ultimate protection of their handlers and our community. It’s a hard one to stomach, but the reality is that these dogs are trained to protect our wellbeing and often do lose their lives or become seriously injured whilst doing it. It is their duty to protect us, and it is our duty to celebrate and appreciate them for their extremely honourable work.
Clive Knowles -Chairman of the British Ironwork Centre, Craig Prerer – West Mercia Police, Alfie – Springer Spaniel, Falco – German Shepherd.
The memorial will be made from an array of things that relate to the dogs lives including training equipment, leads, whistles, dog bowls, and apprehended knives and guns. Additionally, the stainless steel column of the memorial will be equipped to hold over 100 dog ID tags to ensure each life gets the recognition it deserves. We have already had the seized knives and decommissioned guns delivered to us by the West Mercia Police. Each weapon has been carefully stored in a safe room here at The British Ironwork Centre, waiting to be sculpted into something truly unique.
Once completed, the memorial will become a permanent feature outside of the West Mercia Police HQ in Worcester where it will not only recognise all the hard work that our service dogs do, but will also pay homage to all of the dogs whose lives have been lost.
We have already made a start on the project so make sure you keep checking your inbox and our social media platforms for further progress and details!