A new crime-fighting puppy is preparing to take up a role in “paw” enforcement in the north-east.
Cute German Shepherd Kane has been unveiled by Police Scotland and will soon be in the north-east as he trains for life with the force.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Kane will live with one of our handlers and do his training in Aberdeen and the surrounding areas.”
It is hoped the real-life paw patrol pooch will become a general purpose dog available to officers in the area.
The fluffy new recruit was joined by fellow newbie Oakley, who will take up residence in Edinburgh and the east.
The spokeswoman warned that while the duo “look very cute just now, they’ll have a whole other side to them for dealing with criminals after passing their tests”.
So far, the puppies have been taught their names and are now learning to sit and lie down.
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Last year, officers on the north-east canine unit welcomed two other recruits in the shape of Luna and Hamish.
Luna is a Malinois cross Dutch Herder and came to Aberdeen as a general purpose police dog.
Malinois and Dutch Herder dogs are used regularly by police and security services within Europe and have become a more popular choice in the United Kingdom in recent years.
Hamish, a Springer Spaniel, was six months old when he came to the north-east after being offered to the police service from a family in Edinburgh.
On his arrival in Aberdeen, he started life as a specialist detection dog.
Last year saw the retirement of Patch, a long-serving specialist detection dog.
Prior to her official retirement, after nine years with the force, she was invited to meet the Queen.
Also departing the region last year was trainee Bodie, a German Shepherd.
Officers said he had moved due to “unforeseen circumstances” and was transferred from the area to a new handler in Glasgow.