First days in a new job are often nerve-wracking. But for this one police dog, he surely made a great impression on his first day after he located a missing mother and her baby.

Welsh police dog Max is newly-licensed and reported for his first day of duty with the Dyfed Powys Police with his handler PC Peter Lloyd.

Officer Peter Lloyd and police dog Max, Photo by Dyfed-Powys Police

The two-year-old mixed German Shepherd was called into duty just before midday on Aug. 1, when the force received a call reporting a woman and her one-year-old baby missing. He covered a significant distance and reached a remote location in Powys, Wales.

“The woman had not been seen or spoken to for two days, which was out of character, and her phone wasn’t working, so naturally concern for her safety was high,” Inspector Jonathan Rees-Jones said in a statement. “Thanks to excellent work between teams, the woman’s car was quickly found on a mountain road.”

“This is where PD Max’s tracking skills really came into play. Despite only recently becoming licensed, and on his first operational shift, he immediately commenced an open area search,” he added.

After an hour and a half, the team spotted the missing woman, waving for help near a steep ravine on the mountainside.

“This was a fantastic coordinated and determined team effort from everyone involved, [but] I must give special mention to PC Peter Lloyd and Max, who on their very first day since completing their training together covered a significant amount of mileage in the search, eventually locating them safe,” Rees-Jones said.

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