Kent Police seeks German shepherd recruits

Police dog in training
Image caption German shepherds are among several breeds trained by the Kent Police dog unit

Police in Kent are looking for German shepherd recruits to begin training to work with the force in the new year.

Insp Preston Chalk said the potential police dogs should be aged between 12 and 18 months and be confident, sociable and enjoy playing with toys.

Successful candidates will be trained at the Kent Police dog unit in Stockbury, near Sittingbourne.

"All our dogs live with their handlers and receive the very best in nutrition and veterinary care," said Insp Chalk.

"They will receive first-class training, where they will be nurtured and developed in areas such as tracking, searching and looking for missing people."

Searching for explosives

The force works with the RSPCA and Guide Dogs for the Blind who regularly inspect its kennels and the animals.

A dog handler would pay a home visit to anyone wanting to donate a dog to assess the animal in its own environment.

A four-day assessment would then be carried out at the police kennels.

Dogs passing this assessment would begin training in the second week in January.

German shepherds are among several breeds including springer spaniels and Labradors trained for a variety of work such as searching for explosives, drugs, cash and weapons.

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