A tenacious police dog who was stabbed in the face in the line of duty has been hailed a national hero after his latest exploits to take down a machete-wielding suspect.
PD Quantum, who has racked up more than 100 arrests during his four-year career with Nottinghamshire Police, was presented with the highly commended accolade in the Outstanding Bravery category of the Thin Blue Paw awards last night (14 September).
The organisers received over 150 nominations from across the country but the panel of judges recognised Quantum for showing extraordinary bravery in the line of duty, particularly in relation for his work to detain a machete-wielding suspect.
As well as the award, he has also been given a lifetime of food to enjoy in his retirement.
The six-year-old police dog detained a youth with a machete who had fled from police and tried to resist by kicking and striking him.
The incident happened when PC Ellse was on duty in an unmarked police car and she was made aware of an incident in the Summerwood Lane area of Clifton where two men were seen running down the street with machetes.
She travelled to the area and spotted two people matching the description at around 1.45am on 8 January 2020. One of them also appeared to be hiding something in his jacket and acting suspiciously.
They then began to run so PC Ellse jumped out of the police car and unleashed PD Quantum and gave him the command to stop them.
They approached an alleyway near to Angel Green where PD Quantum caught up with suspect and grabbed hold of his arm which quickly resulted in him being arrested.
The German Shepherd cross Belgian Malinois attended the glamourous ceremony at Knebworth House, Stevenage, alongside his handler PC Ellse.
Quantum joined the force in 2016 after being gifted by South Yorkshire Police in memory of PD Rebus, who was killed while on duty in an accident. In 2017, he was partnered with PC Ellse, who was new to the unit after 12 years working in criminal investigation department and major crime units over the border in the West Midlands.
In May 2018, Quantum was stabbed in the face while trying to detain two robbery suspects who he had tracked from the crash site of a car they had stolen. PC Ellse also sustained an injury to her eye socket and her sealskin gloves were slashed whilst attempting to make the arrests.
But that would not stop the dynamic duo and the pair have attended hundreds of jobs together.
One of those incidents related to Quantum leading a dramatic search in the pitch black to locate a violent aggravated burglary suspect.
Together with PC Ellse, he had responded to a harrowing 999 call where an elderly woman had been tied up and was being robbed at knife-point in Keyworth in January 2020.
The suspect was detained by Quantum after he found him hiding in a grassed area following an intense search.
Later that year in April, Quantum was once again injured as he detained an offender, who had knocked a British Transport Police officer unconscious, at Nottingham railway station. The police dog was beaten, and injured, by a large piece of wood with a nail in it.
But again PD Quantum bounced back and his tenacious work subsequently led to the arrest of a suspected driver who attempted to evade arrest after their car had smashed into parked vehicles.
The police dog took chase after the suspect attempted to run from officers after crashing in the Charles Street area of Hucknall. However, Quantum quickly caught up with him, resulting in the arrest of a 26-year-old man shortly after 7.10pm on 4 April 2021.
Speaking at last night’s event, Constable Ellse said: “I feel so proud of Quantum and I’m so glad that he’s received the recognition he deserves tonight.
“We spend just about every minute of every day together so I am incredibly attached to him. He’s my best mate and our relationship is like no other.
“He is incredibly brave and relentless and his hard work and determination has resulted in many criminals ending up securely behind bars. Criminals are terrified of him and so they should be.
“I honestly believe I have the best job in the force. I’ve wanted to work as a police dog handler since I was a child. I’ve been around dogs all my life and getting the opportunity to do my best and really make a difference with my wingman in tow is incredibly rewarding for me.
“Quantum will live out his retirement with me with his paws up by the following all his hard work and when he has had enough.”
The Thin Blue Paw Foundation trustee and award judge Kieran Stanbridge said: “PD Quantum has had an incredible career and has been involved in some shocking incidents where he has been attacked and injured.
“Through it all he’s shown bravery, courage and commitment to his job, to his handler and to protecting his community which is why we felt he deserved a highly commended in our Outstanding Bravery category at the Thin Blue Paw Awards.”