A small ceremony has been held at Nottinghamshire Police headquarters to remember a police dog who was killed on duty during a pursuit on Colwick Loop Road.
Officers gathered at the ceremony where a portrait was unveiled in memory of police dog Rebus.
German Shepherd, Belgian Shepherd-cross Rebus was killed while assisting in an authorised pursuit in the early hours of May 18, 2016. He was struck by a police vehicle.
Despite the best efforts of those at the scene, Rebus sadly died from his injuries with his handler PC Mark Plummer by his side.
Following the incident the force was inundated with sympathetic and supportive messages from around the world. One of those who contacted Nottinghamshire Police was a Gloucestershire artist called Mary Mayes. Mary used the photograph of Rebus released following his death to create a portrait painting.
The original work is now with Rebus’ handler PC Mark Plummer. Two copies have also been produced, one of which was unveiled at force headquarters reception on Thursday (11) August 2016) by Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Sue Fish and Rebus’ handler PC Mark Plummer.
Ch Con Fish said: “Everyone at Nottinghamshire Police was devastated by the tragic accident which befell Rebus back in May. Police dogs are part of the family here at Nottinghamshire Police.
“However, all of our officers, particularly our dog handlers, took great comfort in the out-pouring of support from members of the public.
“This portrait is really very, very special and will serve as a fitting tribute to Rebus.”
The second copy of the portrait will take pride of place in the new kennels soon to be completed at Sherwood Lodge.