Paddy Tipping and Police Dog Meg
Retirement and a pension in the future is probably the last thing on the minds of Nottinghamshire’s loyal police dogs.
But now,should they give any passing thought to the autumn of their lives, they canrest easy in the knowledge that a scheme covering their future medical insurance is sorted.
Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has happily approved a Police Dog Pension Scheme that will provide ongoing costs relating to medical injuries or illnesses arising from their hardworking service.
“Many of the force’s dogs are fit and healthy when they retire but some need medical treatment for injury or illness resulting from being worked hard while tackling crime,” Mr Tipping said.
“These dogs give willing and sterling service over the years in protecting the public so I am delighted to approve a scheme that will ensure continuing medical help once their work is done.”
If still working, the dogs’ treatment and care is paid for through the force budget. But officer handlers’ concerns about the costs after the dogs retire led to a search for a suitable doggy pension scheme.
Financial assistance for police dogs injured or ill arising from their work has, until now, ended on retirement. This new fund now means that when a dog approaches retirement due to ill health or old age any medical expenses relating to work-related injuries or illness will be reimbursed for at least three years up to £500 per year.
Both the force and animal welfare visitors have helped to define a scheme that would be successful.
On retirement, most police dogs remain with their handler at their family home. Deemed unsuitable for re-homing with other families, others are sold or re-homed with farmers and security firms.
Between this financial year and 2015-16, nine dogs are expected to retire. None are currently suffering any major illness or condition that will affect their working life.
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Posted on Tuesday 5th November 2013