THE long paw of the law was on display in Cwmbran yesterday.

Police dogs served up a treat for spectators at the South West and Wales Regional Police Dog Trials 2014.

There were a number of impressive performers on show at Cwmbran Stadium – including Gwent Police dogs Jack and Blix.

Jack and his handler, PC James Watkins, did the force proud and finished joint second to progress to the national finals later this year.

The day-long event saw competitors from forces across the region, including Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, South Wales, Dyfed Powys and the Ministry of Defence.

The dogs were tested today on their tracking, searching, obedience and criminal work, with spectators treated to some fine displays of skill and determination.

Sergeant Julie Pearse from the Gwent Police dog section – celebrating its 60th anniversary this year – said it had been a “great day”.

She added: “Thank you to all the forces who made the trip to Cwmbran Stadium to take part, and to all the spectators who came along to support us and see our dogs display their best skills.

“We are really proud of PDs Jack and Blix. They both demonstrated admirable search and tracking skills, along with great obedience and criminal work.

“They have worked really hard training for the event, and tomorrow will continue with their day jobs assisting officers across the force to detect crime.”

The trails were won by Avon and Somerset police dog Aden, who had tasted success in the competition before.

Gwent dog Jack and handler PC Watkins, finished second alongside Devon and Cornwall police dog Vinnie.

Sgt Pearse congratulated all the competitors.

“Police dogs and their handlers provide vital support to operational policing on a daily basis,” said Sgt Pearse.

“Highly trained dogs can offer skills and undertake tasks that can’t be carried out by officers alone.

“The regional trials give us a chance to celebrate these skills and for forces to share best practice with one another.”

The three top dogs – Aden, Jack and Vinnie –will now go onto to compete in the National Police Dog Trials, to take place in South Yorkshire in May.