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Greater Manchester Police's (GMP) Police Dog (PD) Bomber was repeatedly attacked during an arrest and has been recognised for his bravery.
During an arrest, back in 2018, PD Bomber was deployed to apprehend a suspect as he ran away. On reaching the suspect, Bomber received a violent and painful blow to his body but he stood fast and managed to keep hold of the man. The suspect became increasingly violent towards Bomber repeatedly hitting and biting him, refusing to let Bomber go.
Even when his handler, Police Constable (PC) Oram reached them and attempted to arrest the suspect again, the man continued to attack Bomber and was determined to cause serious harm to the dog. More officers arrived in support and assisted in detaining the man and arrested him for assault and criminal damage.
Despite the prolonged and repeated attacks on Bomber, he didn’t give up and protected his handler throughout the extreme violence. Bomber carried out his duty, despite suffering severe pain from his injuries and detained the suspect until further patrols arrived.
PC Oram was awarded a GMP award for his outstanding dog handling and has now been recognised on a national level. They received the National Police Service Dog Bravery Achievement award for their efforts during this traumatic arrest.
PC Oram comments that: "It's fantastic that Bomber's actions have been rewarded as I don’t know what would have happened if he wasn't there to help and protect me.
"Sadly PD Bomber recently passed away but I was proud to work with him for six years until his retirement where he spent his last days surrounded by his favourite things at home with me."
GMP are very proud of the commitment and dedication of PC Oram, PD Bomber and the whole dog handling team for the work they do on a daily basis. Police dogs are a vital part of policing and of the GMP family and incidents like this show how important their work is.