David Keane, the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, is offering residents an exciting volunteering opportunity to join the Joint Police Dog Welfare Scheme in Cheshire and North Wales. Police Dog Welfare Visitors check on the welfare of police dogs, particularly in relation to the RSPCA’s ‘Five Freedoms’.

More than 21 years ago, the death of police dog ‘Acer’ whilst training in Essex, as well as the subsequent prosecution of police officers involved, resulted in an understandable loss of public confidence in relation to police dog training methods.

The Police Dog Welfare Scheme aims to maintain standards and ensure that Cheshire Constabulary’s training procedures are ethical, humane, transparent and accountable. Police Dog Welfare Visitors observe, comment and report on the conditions in which the Constabulary’s dogs are housed, trained and transported.

In addition, Police Dog Welfare Visitors will be required to:

  • Attend programmed training days for police dogs and handlers held at various venues throughout Cheshire and North Wales;
  • Inspect the kennels located at Cheshire Constabulary’s Dogs Unit located at Lane End Farm, Winsford;
  • Inspect police vehicles used to transport police dogs to ensure they are fit for purpose.

David said “Police dogs remain a hugely valuable part of our police family within Cheshire and support frontline officers in a variety of scenarios. The welfare of our police dogs is of paramount importance and Police Dog Welfare Visitors will act as ‘critical friends’ providing me with independent and invaluable feedback on the welfare of our police dogs.”

Selina Taunton, Police Dog Welfare Visitor, said: “I absolutely love dogs and I wanted to support police dogs and ensure they’re being treated right. Once a month I visit kennels to ensure they’re clean and warm for the animals and that all their health records are up-to-date. I also attend training days with the dog handlers to ensure they’re treating the animals in correctly.”

Although training will be provided to successful applicants, experience or understanding of working with animals and a basic knowledge of animal welfare is desirable.

For additional information about the role of Police Dog Welfare Visitor, please see below a ‘Person Specification’ and ‘Role Description’. Should you require any additional information, please contact the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner on 01606 364103.

Application Form

Application Form (pdf)

Person Specification

Role Description

To apply for the role of Police Dog Welfare Visitor, please complete the application form above and return to the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner via e-mail or post.

E-mail: [email protected]

Post: FAO Matt Walton, Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire
Stockton Heath Police Station, Grappenhall Road, Stockton Heath, Warrington, WA4 2AF