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Kent Police seeking puppy walkers

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Image caption Kent Police said help was needed with a number of puppies aged between eight weeks and a year

Dog walkers are being sought by Kent Police to help the force prepare puppies for a career in policing.

Kent Police said help was needed with a number of puppies aged between eight weeks and a year.

Dog enthusiasts who want to help need to be at home most of the day and would also have to have a home check.

Insp Preston Chalk said puppies developed best when brought up within families, because they could socialise in a variety of different conditions.

He said puppy walkers were asked to expose the animals to everyday sounds, smells and experiences so their confidence developed, and although the task could be challenging, requiring great time and attention, it was also "immensely rewarding".

Puppy walkers also attend the Kent Police kennel once a month for training classes, he added.

The force covers all food, equipment and veterinary costs.

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