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The role of the dogs in the police force

Police Dogs

Bloodhound dogs are often used in search and rescues Photo: PA Police dogs are trained specifically to assist police and other law-enforcement personnel in their work. Types of police dogs: Detection dogs - used to detect drugs or explosives which may be carried on a person.

  • Cadaver dogs - used to detect the odour of dead bodies;
  • The team have acquired a digital FidoCam - a camera unit which can be used by police dogs during searches;
  • Northamptonshire Police have 4 Spaniels and 3 Labrador dogs.

Arson dogs - trained to pick-up on traces of materials at sites of suspected arson. Cadaver dogs - used to detect the odour of dead bodies. Dogs' noses are so sensitive thatthey are even capable of detecting bodies that are under running water.

Bloodhound dogs are often used in search and rescues Credit: PA Midlands police dogs: West Midlands Police has 64 general purpose dogs and 30 specialist dogs.

What's the role of a police dog?

General purpose police dogs are either German Shepherds or Rottweilers. They were called Kim and Flash. The team have acquired a digital FidoCam - a camera unit which can be used by police dogs during searches.

FidoCam in action in Staffordshire Credit: ITV Central This bit of kit is attaches to the dog's head, so officers can see the world as the dog sees it. There are many situations when this technology will be beneficial to our officers.

  • This is why they are kept separate from the family;
  • This is why they are kept separate from the family.

For example, when searching for a dangerous person, dogs are sent into a building with the camera to search for them. Staffordshire Police are the first force to use the FidoCam. A litter of police dogs Credit: West Midlands Police Puppy training: In the West Midlands, pups aged between approximately seven weeks and 12 months old are homed temporarily with puppy walkers.

  • Police dogs need to have very special and specific training;
  • Mark says the dog handlers are very committed and really enjoy their work.

This helps them to experience family life, household noise, the street environment and to socialise with people and other animals. Police dogs retire if they become, pregnant, are raising puppies, or are too old or sick to continue working.

If police dogs are killed in the line of duty, they get the same honors as their human partners.

  1. They have a range of skills including.
  2. West Midlands Police Puppy training.
  3. They may chase down a criminal suspect and hold them while the officer arrives or they may just guard an area like a jail or prison to keep suspects from escaping.
  4. West Midlands Police has 64 general purpose dogs and 30 specialist dogs. They have a range of skills including.

Janus, the crime fighting Belgian Malinois Credit: ITV Central Janus, the crime fighting Belgian Malinois, retired last month after collaring hundreds of criminals over the years.

He was involved in almost arrests in four years. A police professional labelled him as "one of the force's finest". Last updated Mon 21 Jul