Retired Humberside police dog who was shot in the face three times wins a lifetime award

A retired Humberside police dog who survived being shot three times in the face while on duty has been honored with a lifetime achievement award.

Logan, an eight-year-old German Shepherd, received his award at a ceremony at Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire, hosted by the Thin Blue Paw Foundation.

His owner and former handler, PC Ian Sweeney, 52, from north-east Lincolnshire, attended the awards ceremonies and described Logan as his “soul mate”.

PC Sweeney, who has been a police officer for 28 years and was in the canine department for 13 years, said: “This award is special because it encompasses everything he’s done and I don’t think you ever really believe you can do anything will achieve like that.

“It makes all the hard work so worthwhile.

“Logan is my soulmate and I’m so proud of him for everything he’s accomplished.

“I still feel incredibly shocked, overwhelmed and over the moon.”

Logan joined Humberside Police in January 2015 as a 10 month old puppy from the South Yorkshire Police breeding programme.

Logan had no training and was partnered with PC Sweeney, who said he “never knew a dog like him.”

PC Sweeney said: “It normally takes around 13 weeks to train a multi-purpose police dog, but it took Logan just eight weeks before he was trained and licensed and we hit the road in May 2015.

“He was a natural with his scent detection and tracking, I’ve never known a dog like him.

“He’s had an impeccable career, always passing all his exams and never making a mistake. He was the dream dog.”

In 2017 he qualified as a firearms service dog, but a year later Logan nearly died while protecting his owner from an attempted murderer in Grimsby.

“We knew where he was hiding and we knew he had a bladed weapon,” PC Sweeney said.

“Logan and I cornered him and then he attacked us with a gun and threatened to kill us.”

PC Sweeney said he feared he was “sending Logan to his death” and both were seriously injured in the arrest.

“I put Logan in, which was probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, thinking I could send him to his death to protect me,” PC Sweeney said.

“I was slapped three times in the face and Logan was also shot three times in the mouth and head – but despite his injuries he still successfully arrested him.”

Following the incident, Logan received a Heart of the Community Award and was also honored with the North East Region 2 National Bravery Award.

“I don’t have enough shelf space for all his medals and awards,” added PC Sweeney.

In December 2020, Logan successfully tracked a high-risk missing person who disappeared from his home.

After a 70-minute search of about five square miles in temperatures of -2C, Logan located the man, who was unclothed and close to death, and led paramedics to him, saving his life.

Humberside Police Superintendent Lee Edwards said: “This award is one in a long line of achievements that Logan has achieved.

“We are all very proud of all that RPD Logan has achieved in his seven and a half years of service and congratulate him on his well-deserved award.”

Logan retired in May this year with two chief constable honors and more than 300 successful arrests.

PC Sweeney said: “Handling is my dream job and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work alongside Logan for seven and a half years.

“Now he’s mine, I just want him to have a nice retirement,” he added.

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