A police dog killed while on duty has been immortalised with a painting.
A small ceremony was held at Nottinghamshire Police headquarters as a portrait was unveiled in memory of police dog Rebus.
German Shepherd, Belgian Shepherd-cross Rebus was assisting in an authorised pursuit in the early hours of 18 May this year when 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.
Two copies have also been produced, one of which was unveiled at force headquarters reception on Thursday, August 11 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.
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.