Apparently a shortage of animals suitable to be police dogs has prompted Police Management to import Alsatians from Germany,
A trial of the by Derbyshire Police has been deemed a success, prompting 16 other forces to recruit the canines at £2000 pounds each.
Unfortunately the imports cannot understand commands in English. According to one handler "If you say, 'let go' in English, they just look at you like you are crazy,".
Handlers have had to learn a series of orders in German, including "sitz" (sit), "platz" (down), "aus" (let go), "holen" (fetch) and "bissen" (bite).
A Derbyshire Police spokeswoman told the Press Association news agency said they were attempting to get the dogs to respond to English.
"We are repeating the German commands in English so they are becoming bilingual," she added.
Police have opted for German Alsatians as they are deemed to be more efficient and obedient than those bred in Britain because of a strict breeding regime. Are we surprised by that? Methinks not