Meet PC Dave Raymond, Britain’s most bitten public servant, ironically all in the name of showing his love for man’s best friend.

The father of two from Worcester  is the official breed scheme manager for West Midlands Police, and every year for the last 15 years has volunteered to be attacked by dogs in front of packed crowds at Birmingham’s NEC.

The annual West Midlands Police Shows is one of the most eagerly anticipated events at Crufts, and with three shows a day Dave reckons he is bitten at least 60 times day.

PC Raymond, 41, plays the role of Mr Angry – a mock bad man the dogs love to chase – and to date he believes he has been bitten on 3.600 occasions in total.

And although he is protected from head to foot in a specially-padded 40kg suit, the 4-500lb pressure of the dog bites do leave marks and bruising. A Kevlar suit would protect him more, but PC Raymond has ruled that out because it “blunts the dog’s teeth.”

"It’s hard to believe, I know, but I do really enjoy acting the part of the decoy criminal.  It’s not something I expected ended up doing but it’s all part and parcel of for what is ultimately about protecting the public," he said nursing livid scars on his arm, the latest injuries from that day’s demonstration.

"After 15 years of playing Mr Angry, I have to admit, it is getting a little bit harder each year." PC Raymond, who admits he finds it difficult to pick up his children when he goes home of an evening following a demonstration, was quick to chip in: ‘If a dog bites me, then that’s down to me.  It’s my fault, not theirs.  They are only doing what they have been trained by me and others to do."

PC Raymond's main job is leading the breed scheme for puppies helping the West Midlands force, taking on a puppy a 6-8 weeks and developing it into a police dog over the following 12 months. 

Part of the job involves teaching the foster puppies to bite him through the special clothing or bite sleeves, which PC Raymond estimates weighs about 40kg.

Many times, he’s encountered former foster pups in the ring at Crufts.

"Training dogs to bite is a vital part of keeping the public and police safe," he said

"Criminals are more wary of dogs than people. A police dog can take the place of 20 police officers chasing down escapees, disarming weapons and keeping public order.

"It’s not the only important task they do.  The dogs are also taught to find missing people and track down stolen or lost property."

The force has even trained dogs to sniff out hidden sim cards used by drug dealers and terrorists, and also blood traces which might have been hidden from the human eye in a clean-up.