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Crime Commissioner backs campaign for law change to protect police dogs

A petition to change the law in order to protect police dogs has been backed by Staffordshire’s Crime Commissioner.

Currently, attacks on animals on duty are viewed in the same way as causing damage to property.

PC Matt Butterworth with police dog Jax and Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis

PC Matt Butterworth with police dog Jax and Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis

But now a new campaign is seeking a debate in Parliament on the way those who kick and hit police dogs are dealt with.

Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis said: “I’ve watched police dogs train and they give their all in the line of duty to protect police officers, keep local communities safer and help bring criminals to justice.

“I was contacted on Twitter for my view and when I agreed a change would be right I was asked to help in raising awareness about the way police dogs are viewed under law. That’s what I’m now doing and I hope more and more people will get involved.

“There’s strong feeling about this and it is right that we do all we can to try and deter people from injuring or even killing police dogs. I’m encouraging people to sign the petition.”

In Staffordshire there are 34 police dogs who work with officers to keep local people safe. It costs around £18,000 to train a police dog with its handler.

Mr Ellis added: “It’s surely right to launch a debate about the fact that police dogs who are hurt or killed whilst serving the public are assumed in law to be the same as if an offender kicked and dented a police car door panel.

“The petition is calling for a national debate to decide if that is adequate deterrent to protect police dogs.”

For more details about the petition visit www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/policedogs.

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3 Comments

  1. Darryl

    8th January, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    He does like his populist, pointless campaigns, doesn’t he.

  2. Cynic

    8th January, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    “Darryl” I agree the post of PCC is a total waste of money and few people voted for it – BUT we should protect the animals.
    We make them go up against the most violent thugs imaginable with out sufficient protection and little punishment IF the offender is caught.

    Just out of interest – has anyone reading this post had a good result from asking for PCC help?

  3. Darryl

    8th January, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    @cynic

    This is why I said this is a populist, empty gesture. Does the PCC believe this will protect animals or produce heavier sentences? The latter we could all agree with, but that is a bigger question.

    That’s why I think this is an empty gesture, to provide headlines for an empty £100k suit.