North-east police dog handler reported over crash

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

A police dog handler has been reported to the Crown Office in connection with a crash.

Pc George Shearer was driving on the A90 Aberdeen to Peterhead road, near Hatton, when his van was involved in a collision with a blue Vauxhall Astra at the Auchiries crossroads last February.

The 47-year-old suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, with a second man – a Ministry of Defence Police officer – also taken to hospital.

Pc Shearer was on duty at the time of the incident with his two dogs. His nine-year-old Labrador Sam had to be put down in the days following the collision due to surgery complications.

The investigation into the incident has now been completed and results have been passed to the Crown Office, which will now determine whether charges should be filed.

A spokesman for the Crown Office said: “The Criminal Allegations Against The Police Division (CAAPD) of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has received notice of allegations concerning a 47-year-old male in relation to an incident in Febraury 2017.

“The allegations are presently under consideration by CAAPD.”

Superintendent Steven Irvine, of the police’s specialist operations unit, previously said: “As a force we care a great deal about our dogs and, although it was an extremely difficult decision to make, it was agreed with heavy hearts this was the best course of action for Sam.

“Sam was a much-loved and valued member of the Police Scotland family – as is the case with all our dogs – and he will be sorely missed.

“We are extremely proud of the fantastic crime fighter Sam became, and will always be grateful to him for the loyalty he showed his handler and the force.”