Essex Police is looking for a new home for one of their dogs set to retire. 

Charlie, the eight-year-old Cocker Spaniel is part of the Essex Police Dog Unit, which provides countywide support to specialist operations and supports officers in their day to day efforts to keep crime down.

Charlie is a loving dog who craves attention. His ideal new home would be with retired owners who have had a dog before and do not have young children. The potential owners would need to understand aggression in dogs, as Charlie can become worried when he is unsure of a situation. He has not been inside a house before, and is not very good around other dogs.

His new home must have a garden, and applicants must pass a home visit to make sure that they are suitable.

If you think you could offer Charlie a loving home please contact Pc Paul Nicholls

The Dog Unit are also looking to bolster their search dog capability by appealing to Essex residents for any unwanted gundog breeds.

They are hoping to acquire spaniels or spaniel crosses who are aged between one and two-years-old who may be proving too much for family life. The force’s dog handlers are happy to discuss the prospects of re-homing such animals and look at the potential of having them as working police dogs.

Anyone who is interested in helping Essex Police should contact dog handler Sgt Neil Phimister on 101; extension 480483 or email