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Dog-matic campaign to recruit canine constables

CHESHIRE Constabulary is on the look-out for some very special recruits.

CHESHIRE Constabulary is on the look-out for some very special recruits.

They should be aged between eight and 18 months, playful, intelligent, outgoing and love to play with a ball.

Of course, it's not boys or girls in blue the force is seeking, but German shepherd puppies to train as police dogs.

The last recruiting campaign for spaniels was a big hit with the public who put forward plenty of four-legged applicants.

A small number were accepted and are currently being trained or waiting for a course to commence.

Members of the public have donated most of the animals used by Cheshire s dog section and suitable new blood is always welcome.

The section currently has 39 working dogs, made up of various breeds including German shepherds, springer and cocker spaniels, labradors and one labrador/Staffordshire cross.

The dogs are cared for by 23 handlers stationed throughout the county.All dogs live at the handler s home address, apart from those undergoing training or assessment at the force s kennels in Reaseheath.

Training is also conducted at various venues across the county including farmland, woodland, storehouses, office blocks and factories.

Among the roles that police dogs perform are:

nSupport to divisions at operational incidents, searches for missing people, sporting events such as football matches, and general patrol.

Searches for VIP visits and for criminal or security alerts.

Support to firearms officers and armed response units.

Members of the public who think they have a puppy that fits the bill should contact the dog section on 01270 610954.

If there's no reply, leave details on the answerphone and someone will call back.


David Holmes
Chief News Reporter
David Norbury
Mike Fuller
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