An Animal Welfare volunteer is an unpaid member of the public who makes random, unannounced visits to Nottinghamshire Police dog kennels. Visits to the kennels are not conducted alone, but with another volunteer. Pairs of volunteers are rostered to cover visits to Nottinghamshire Police Force Headquarters, where the dog kennels are located. Animal Welfare volunteers may also visit dog training sessions and check Nottinghamshire Police vehicles.
Animal Welfare volunteers are asked to provide an impartial view of the health and wellbeing of police dogs and are also able to report on the accommodation that the dogs use.
A written report is produced each time a visit is made and any issues raised are recorded and actioned as appropriate.