Police Dog units are about to take a massive hit across the United Kingdom. Police dogs are one of the most important members of the policing family.
Police Dogs are used to chase suspects, head in to violence situations, on the front line in riots and help in the fight against drugs, police dogs can clear a nightclub for drug dealers in seconds and now we are about to tell them to go away.
The government budget has planned cuts for the police dog units that keep our streets safe 24 hours a day.
West Yorkshire Police have seen around a 40% reduction in police dogs! South Yorkshire Police are looking to reduce very shortly by up to 50% with the reduction of 15-20 handlers. While North Wales Police further plan a 25% cut.
Greater Manchester Police in recent years have lost dozens of handlers & dogs! Reduction! Avon and Somerset Police and Essex Police are looking to massively reduce & handlers forced to apply for own jobs.
While Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire police have already seen 20 – 40% reductions. West Midlands Police recently lost 6 handlers this year, due to a recent merge. Many counties unable to provide 24 hr cover! Some handlers covering 2 counties! Handlers Who are single crewed driving 50-60 miles + to calls! Driving upwards of 200 miles on a night duty single crewed! Time for ACPO to step up.
Within seconds of the clock striking 8pm #DontDitchTheDogs was trending on twitter and continues to trend over an hour later.
Headed up by @Das_Beard @MikePannett @ConstableChaos @KatieMagnet @30onfrontline @kenworthy39 and of course @bnpolice we managed to raise awareness of the planned cuts to our front line policing.
Now we need to lobby the media and gain a platform to air a debate and gain control of the policing cuts that David Cameron promised would never effect front line policing.