Thu. Oct 28th, 2021

Greater Manchester Police looking for new recruits to join force as search dogs

They’re looking for dogs to join their ranks.

Posting an appeal on Twitter, GMP Tactical Dog Unit says it is looking for suitable animals to join the force as search dogs.

Police dogs are vital in the search for things like drugs, weapons and explosives, using their super-sensitive noses and second-to-none tracking skills to locate items sometimes too well hidden for their crime-fighting colleagues to uncover.

As well as many forces having their own puppy-breeding programmes, they also scour shelters and rescue centres for dogs that might be suitable, something the tweet says the force is currently doing.

It’s also appealing to the public for suitable candidates with the post revealing that any successful recruits will become part of the police dog training unit and trained in aspects of either explosive, drug or human remains searching.

But not just any dog will fit the bill.

Greater Manchester Police is looking for both Springer Spaniels and Labradors who must be between 12 months and two years old. They must also be social dogs who are confident around people, with other dogs and in new areas. And they must love a game of fetch.

The post notes that successful candidates will remain with the police.

So what’s in it for the dogs?

Well, as well as the highly rewarding work in catching criminals, and the fulfilment that comes from scentwork training, the dogs can also look forward to endless belly rubs and lots of playtime.

If you think you have, or know of, a dog perfect for this very important role, then get in touch with the force by emailing Adrian.Jones1@gmp.police.uk or Jason.Alker@gmp.police.uk.

Any dogs who are not up for the role and do not have the necessary search requirement will be returned to their owners.

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