Our first assessment took place at the Police HQ in Lincoln in August 1997, one of the hottest weekends of that year!. Handlers and dogs were tested on varying areas and locations requiring different search methods and tactics, all by Home Office Approved Instructors. All passed and were awarded Certificates of Merit by Inspector Chuck Boulton. All dogs and handlers have been reassessed annually since that time.

Media Coverage:

We have featured on Rolf’s Amazing World of Animals after a successful search in Sleaford in 1999. We have had various Radio interviews over the years and appeared in the local press on many occasions. We also give many talks to other organisations.


In July 2000 and 2002, Search and Rescue competitions were held in Huddersfield by the Disaster Dog Group, Searches were of a variety of areas and we competed against teams from England, Scotland and Germany, with judges coming from the USA, Holland and Germany. On both occasions, we won both the team and individual trophies.

In November 2014 we were given the honour of being awarded with Public Appreciation Certificates at a ceremony held at the Lincolnshire Police Headquarters in Nettleham.

The Kirsty Carver Trophy:

This trophy was donated to us in memory of Kirsty Carver whom we helped search for in Hull during April 1998. It is given to a member annually for endeavour.

  • 1999 Norah Rymer and Sue Herd
  • 2000 Lynn Draper
  • 2001 Sue Winters
  • 2002 Helen Bennett and Jane Murdoch
  • 2003 Wendy Harris
  • 2004 Helen Bennett
  • 2005 John Rymer
  • 2006 Lynn Draper
  • 2007 Carol Smith
  • 2008 Brian Greenland
  • 2009 Heather Nicholls and Paul Bennett
  • 2010 Helen Turrell
  • 2013 Brian Greenland
  • 2014 Carol Smith
  • 2015 Thelma Kirchen
  • 2016 Carol Smith
  • 2017 Paul Roberts