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Watch heroic retiring police dog which survived stabbing 'sing' emotional farewell duet with handler

Police dog Finn and handler PC Dave Wardell have recorded an emotional duet and covered Queen's We Are The Champions

A police dog which survived a stabbing during an armed robbery has handed in his badge as he settles down for retirement.

German Shepherd Finn, who has a huge following on social media, retired from his post on Friday (March 31) having dedicating his life to the service of others.

He has been part of the police for seven years and is truly man's best friend, as handler PC Dave Wardell said "working with Finn has been an incredible and, more recently, emotional journey."

The duo have also released a duet of We Are The Champions , written by leader singer of rock band Queen, the late Freddie Mercury, of Feltham.

Finn has been with Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit with PC Wardell since he was a nine-month-old puppy.

He made national headlines in October 2016 when he was stabbed twice during an armed robbery.

Both dog and handler were injured during the foot pursuit of a suspect in Stevenage.

However Finn sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Davies’ Veterinary Specialists in Higham Gobion, where he underwent a life-saving operation.

Following a remarkable recovery, the now eight-year-old returned to work with PC Wardell two months later in December last year.

On his first shift back he showed he was on top form as he successfully tracked a suspect in Borehamwood.

Police dog Finn is reunited with his handler PC Wardell after being stabbed whilst chasing an armed robber last year

PC Wardell, who will adopt Finn, said: “Finn genuinely loved to work as a police dog and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with him.

"His desire to perform his duty to the best of his ability is second to none and I’ll miss patrolling the streets with him.

“Although I am sure he will miss the action, the time has come for him to hang up the lead.

"He has certainly earned a long and healthy retirement and I am happy to say he will be spending this with me and my family – after all, he is part of the family!”

During his last few days at work, the duo competed in the Eastern Regional Police Dog Trials.

Unfortunately they had to pull out early on as Finn sustained a slight muscle strain, but their scores from the first day saw them win three trophies:

  • Best tracking
  • Best building search
  • Best overall search

However a rested Finn was soon back, fit and well enough to complete his final ever shift.

Police dog Finn retires after seven years of service(Image: Herts Police)

Inspector Iain Clark, who leads the BCH Dog Unit, said: “Finn and Dave have had a great career together with many memorable moments.

"It is testament to Finn’s character that despite all he has been through, he was still able to not only compete in the regional trials, but also win three trophies.

“The bond between dog and handler is unique, particularly when they have been through so much.

"I am very grateful for all Finn’s work and he is an absolute credit to Dave."

Police dog Finn at home with handler PC David Wardell and Hertfordshire Chief Constable Charlie Hall

PC Wardell is currently training a new dog to work alongside and added: “I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who has supported me and Finn, particularly through recent months.

"The support from around the country and further afield has been overwhelming. Thank you.”

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