A number of leading frontline police officers and commentators have expressed their fears for public safety as police dog units numbers are quickly declining as part of desperate measures to save money.
The cuts to police budgets, imposed by the Government, have led to senior police officers from forces around the country looking for any means they can to reduce budgets and cut costs wherever possible.
Back in 2013 #DontDitchTheDogs trended on Twitter for a number of hours in the face of Tory cuts to policing and now in 2017, we can report that nearly 75% of police dog units in smaller forces across the country have ditched the dogs.
DontDitchTheDogs is vitally raising awareness of the silent cuts that have been happening to one of the most important operational units in policing, and we must all ensure there are no further cuts to police dog units.
Once again tonight at 8pm police officers and police supports will be raising awareness of planned policing cuts to Police Dog Units while millions is pooled away from vital local policing to fight terror in the capital.
Massive cuts to policing and dog units
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 into violent 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.
There are now 75% fewer dog handlers and dogs within UK police forces meaning dog vans are having to cover areas of over 200 miles, Officers know a dog could be up to 1 hour away in most cases and further reductions are planned to ensure there is enough money to police the threat of terror.
Back in 2013 over 19,000 people supported #DontDitchTheDogs and tonight at 8pm you are invited to share your support.
Best from #DontDitchTheDogs 2017
Mike Pannett standing by in the control room dogs at the ready
Two Police Dogs at the ready awaiting official orders from Mike Pannett,,, Ready Go Go Go.
— Regins juen (@ReginsJuen) June 23, 2017
Kay Young highlighted that police dogs are so valuable in keeping our streets safe.
Police dogs are so valuable in keeping our streets safe #dontditchthedogs
— Kay Young (@kaysafus) June 23, 2017
Mandy Cook pointed out that it’s not just the police that are at critically low levels. His best freind is too.
It's not just the Police that are at critically low levels. His best friend is too #DontDitchTheDogs
— Mandy Cook (@cookmandy) June 23, 2017
One police dog is worth five officers
A ret'd Derbyshire handler says "Any cuts in the current climate will be regretted, one dog is worth five officers. #DontDitchTheDogs .
— Mandy Hodgkinson (@AlbionLass) June 23, 2017
Our police dogs are the best in the world
Cute puppy in training holds a police cap.
— Sgt Harry Tangye (@DC_ARVSgt) June 23, 2017
Never underestimate the power of a Land Shark!
— Constable Chaos (@ConstableChaos) June 23, 2017