Since our last police dog image proved so popular, we thought we would add another!
These German Shepherd pups were born to mother Cassie in October 2011 and all have names beginning with the letter R.
Operational police dogs must have a sound temperament, be bold and courageous - not too aggressive.
They spend a long time training and bonding with their handler.
Chasing and detaining a fleeing person can become a highly-charged situation, so our dogs must be under the handler's control at all times.
Their suitability is also constantly reviewed throughout their working life (usually around eight years).
Learn more about West Midlands Police's Dog Unit on this link: www.west-midlands.police.uk/specialist-crime/dogs/index.asp
This image forms part of the West Midlands Police 'Photo of the Day 2012' project.
We will be adding a new photo every day of the year to highlight the breadth of work carried out by police officers and staff across the West Midlands.
For more photo of the day images, please visit this link. bit.ly/ypEaRZ.