Work has started on a major building project to upgrade and modernise Nottinghamshire’s Dogs Unit.
The county’s hardworking and experienced canine cops will be able to enjoy brand new kennels when work is completed on the project in the next few months.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping paid a special visit to the dog unit before the work officially got underway.
Serving police dogs will be able to use the current day kennels when they’re not on duty during the building work. There will be no suitable overnight boarding available as the kennels are rebuilt but the dogs will be able to board in nearby kennels for short periods or at home with their owners.
Announcing the launch of the building work, Commissioner Tipping said: “Police dogs are an essential asset to investigation teams, helping to track criminals, sniff out illegal materials, search buildings and locate missing people. Without their advanced sensory skills, vital leads would never be found. It’s only right that these hard-working members of the police family receive the best facilities to rest from their crime-fighting adventures.
“Animal welfare is a high priority for the force and its many dog handlers. I’ve witnessed the dedication and professionalism of our dog trainers on many occasions and it is reassuring to know that these talented animals are receiving the very best in care and support.”
The Commissioner is responsible for the Animal Welfare Lay Visitors Scheme, which sees independent and expert verification of the welfare of the police dogs. Panel members include Chief Inspector Simon Parker of the RSPCA with whom the Commissioner’s team and the dog section work closely.
The Commissioner added: “We all take a keen interest in the welfare of all those who work for both forces and the dogs are no exception. They are important members of the team.”
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Posted on Monday 22nd February 2016