A former police officer from Wendover has received an award to mark his 29 years of service with Thames Valley Police.
PC Jonathan Champion, 49, received the certificate following his retirement.
Mr Champion talked about the dogs he had been working with during his time with that section, which is based in Aylesbury.
He said: “I worked closely with two German shepherds and one spaniel.
“The spaniel is very helpful when it comes to finding drugs because they can follow the scent.
“Without him there were times when I might never have found what I was looking for.
“I remember one time he found some drugs hidden away in a cement mixer.
“As for the German shepherds, they were very handy when it came to protecting yourself or dealing with difficult offenders.
“There were times when I was on patrol at football matches when I would set the dogs on people as a means of protecting myself.”
Mr Champion, who is married with two young children aged eight and seven, said the dogs were part of his family.
He said: “When I was working closely with the dogs they would live at home with me.
“I had to walk them on my days off and my children would interact with them.”
Mr Champion, who moved to Cornwall, added that he felt honoured.
He said: “It was a very proud moment for me when I received the award.
“Although I really enjoyed my job, I knew it was the right time to move on and start a new life.”