Leicestershire police calling for new dog recruits
Leicestershire's team of police dogs assist officers in all kinds of situations, from emergencies such as missing people searches to large public order events such as protests and football matches. Now the Leicestershire police is appealing for new dog recruits.
In the past, most of the force's dogs have been donated by members of the public, but donors have decreased recently. The Leicestershire officers have launched appeal to recruit three more dogs to the team, which is based at force headquarters in Enderby. The police is looking for dogs, German shepherds or Belgian Malinois, aged between 12 and 24 months, the dogs must be energetic and playful. If they pass a basic character assessment, the dogs will be put into training for 13 weeks in January 2012. Those which are not deemed suitable for the course must be returned to their owners. The force is not recruiting specialist dogs, chiefly springer spaniels and labradors, which are trained to sniff out drugs, firearms and explosives.
Anyone who has a dog they think may be suitable can contact the force's tactical dogs and firearms unit by calling Leicestershire Police on 101 or visit: www.leics.police.uk
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