A police dog who has swapped the beat for Barra’s beaches has been celebrated over the weekend, after Police Scotland announced his retirement to the island yesterday (Saturday January 12th).

PD Slaine, an eight-year-old German Shepherd, started working for the force when he was just three months old, training with his career-long handler PC Phil Farndell.

]Both are now set to become regulars on the island scene, as PC Farndell and his family have moved to Barra so that Phil can take up a post with Western Isles police.  Slaine has been allowed to stay with his family after officially retiring from his day job.

Instead of the rank ‘PD’ (Police Dog) he’s now officially known as ‘RPD’ (retired police dog) Slaine.

As part of his send-off, Police Scotland Dogs dedicated their Twitter-feed to Slaine on Saturday, tweeting pictures of his life and work and farewell messages:

“Happy Retirement big guy. We know you will enjoy running about the beaches on Barra. Your Dad will enjoy a change in pace on the beat! Best of luck to you both. You will be missed.

“@WIslesPolice look after our duo and their family for us. They are a hard pair to give up. We know they will have a great life with you guys though and it gives the rest of us an excuse to come visit!”

Slaine is pictured on his last day at work, threatening to take the training sleeve with him when he leaves )Police Scotland Dogs).