A police dog has been awarded a chief constable's commendation after helping to nab hundreds of criminals.
German shepherd Kaiser and handler Pc Andy Kemp were paired together five years ago. Since then they have been involved in 289 arrests around Essex.
Kaiser is now preparing for a well-earned retirement and has been awarded the honour by Essex Police's Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh in recognition of "unstinting devotion, loyalty and an outstanding police career".
Pc Kemp is preparing for life on the beat without his trusty sidekick but is looking forward to the challenge of working with a new dog - a German shepherd called Jackson.
He said: "It's impossible to explain how it feels to know he won't be coming to work with me any more but he has definitely earned his retirement. It's always difficult to say goodbye but I'm looking forward to the challenge of working with Jackson."
One highlight of the dog's policing career was helping detain a man who had abandoned a suspected stolen car.
Pc Kemp carried out a stop check on the vehicle, which failed to stop but the two occupants fled into darkness.
Despite heavy snow, Kaiser picked up the scent and tracked one of the men to a deep ditch filled with water.
Kaiser kept hold of the suspect until Pc Kemp told him to let go. It later became clear that the man had tried to harm Kaiser.
"Kaiser is a brilliant police dog, my loyal companion and guardian, and I'll miss him very much," Pc Kemp said.