HE IS Hampshire's newest member of the police force - and he might just be the cutest too.

Sherlock is a Cocker Spaniel puppy who was bought by Hampshire Constabulary using money seized during drugs operations.

Next month, the little pup will start his training with the Force's Dog Section, where he will train to become a sniffer dog.

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Hampshire Constabulary say that he has already settled in with his host family and loves to play with his ball.

Sherlock is living with Sheba, a 12-year-old German Shepherd who had two litters for Thames Valley Police and now lives with the family in her retirement.

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His host family said: “Sherlock is doing really well. He learned his new name within 48 hours, and is sitting like a dream.

“His recall is excellent even when we meet other dogs that he really wants to play with.

“He’s learning to leave things - not great at that yet but getting the idea - and he’s very sociable with other dogs and people of all ages.

“We’re just waiting for a break in the weather so we can get into town and other places.

“We’re very happy with him.”