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Essex Police dog death highlights value of safety barriers

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The death of Essex Police dog Baron during a training exercise on Monday, November 25th, highlights the importance of safety barriers on flat roofs, to eliminate the risks of any individuals – whether they are human or canine – falling from the roof edge.

Essex Police report that Baron, a five-year-old German Shepherd, was on the roof of a disused building in Danbury with his handler for training, when he fell from the structure.

Despite immediate veterinary treatment, Baron was too severely injured, and had to be put to sleep – which has left his handler and family devastated.

Superintendent Steve Johnson says: “As a former member of the dog unit myself, I know the strong bond between a police officer and his dog.

“Whilst they are working dogs, they also become a close and important member of the police officer’s family. This is a very sad occasion.”

The incident highlights the importance of safety barriers for all flat roofs – particularly if they are to be used routinely in training exercises such as this one, or require regular access for any other reason.