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Staffordshire Police specialists set to showcase their skills

Two members of Staffordshire Police's sniffer dog team with their handlers

Two members of Staffordshire Police's sniffer dog team with their handlers

Police officers from Lichfield will be among those display their specialist skills at the Staffordshire County Show.

Staffordshire Police will be showing thousands of visitors how a police dog sniffs out drugs, how a Taser works and the skills needed to be a scenes of crime or firearms officer.

Officers and staff belonging to expert teams from the force’s Protective Services Division will be on hand to talk to visitors about their work, as well as demonstrate specialist vehicles and pieces of equipment.

And some of the division’s four-legged members will be putting in an appearance, so visitors can learn about the work of the force’s police dogs and their handlers.

The Protective Services Division was established in Jan 2008 by merging the former crime and operational support divisions. It comprises five departments, all led by a superintendent: Tactical Support, Major Investigations, Crime and Intelligence, Forensics and Public Protection.

The officer in overall command of the division, Det Ch Supt Joe Costello, said the county show would provide a rare opportunity for members of the public to learn about some of the force’s ‘behind the scenes’ teams who, alongside
neighbourhood and response policing teams, work to keep the county safe.  He added:

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to showcase some of our work at this year’s county show. We’re very much looking forward to being part of such a popular Staffordshire event.

“Much of our protective services work is, by its very nature, unseen. But our highly-trained officers and staff are usually at the forefront of the force’s response to major investigations and incidents, and provide vital day-to-day support to colleagues in the force’s four territorial divisions.”

The Staffordshire Police stand will be at block A, near the main arena. It will feature displays about the work of the force’s Forensics Department, the Road Crime Team, and how tactical support officers police public order and protest situations.

Firearms officers will be on hand to talk about their role, as will members of the force’s Tactical Planning Unit and colleagues from Staffordshire’s Civil Contingencies Unit. Members of the force’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit will also be present.

The Economic Crime Unit’s display will feature a convertible BMW car, seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act following a successful drugs investigation. The vehicle is now set to be sold to raise money to support the charitable work of PASS (Partners Assuring a Safer Staffordshire).

The event takes place at the County Showground, off the A518 Stafford-Uttoxeter Road, on May 27 and 28.

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