The Nottinghamshire Police Dog unit is to get an upgrade on what were outdated and uncivilized premises.

The plans to upgrade came about after inviting the RSPCA to look at the previous facilities. After their recommendations the Police and Crime Commissioner decided the dogs should be rehoused.

The cost of the move will be just under £600,000. This money comes out of the Police’s annual budget of around £6 million. It will include new kennels, along with a kitchen and shower facilities for the police handlers.

The team is made up of a variety of different breeds, all with special roles.


The General Purpose Police dogs: the searching, tracking, chasing, biting dogs

  • German Shepards
  • Belgium Shepards
  • Dutch Herders

Then specialist side: used for searching drugs, cash, weapons. These dogs can even determine between currencies of money.

  • Labradors
  • Spaniels

The Victim Recovery dogs: can search for human bodies and blood.

“POLICE DOGS ARE A PART OF THE TEAM”
PADDY TIPPING, POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER

Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping says the “Police dogs are part of the team, an important part of the team and like everybody else should have decent services and accommodation”.

He went on to explain that “they are vital, if you want the best out of a resource you treat it properly, and I want them to be treated properly. They have not had that in the past….I’m pleased we have done it”.

The dogs work closely with their handlers. The kennels are there to house the dogs during the day, sometimes overnight. When an officer is off duty the dog is at home with him or her.

Paddy Tipping says they are not like your typical house pet and  “if a police officer says to you stop, I’d advise you to stop straight away or the dog will bring you down”.

“THE OLD KENNELS NEEDED TO BE CONDEMNED”
PADDY TIPPING, POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER

“The value of the new kennels is that we want to keep the dogs in tip top condition.The old kennels really needed to be condemned. We have had to argue the case against different priorities for new kennels. Having a dog chase somebody down saves a lot of time and resources”.

Police dog Nibbs
Police dog Nibbs

Matthew Rogers Acting Sergeant on Police Dog Section says, “if the dogs are getting better rest and care they can go out and do a better job for us.”

North Midland Construction says the kennels should be completed by July 2016.

for more information about the police dog unit or visit their website.