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Funding for purchasing of dog kennel units


To approve Cambridgeshire Constabulary to vire £226,000 to the 2014/2015 capital programme budget from the current 2014/15 revenue underspend for a contribution towards the purchase of dog kennelling units.
To approve the purchase of dog kennelling units and development of the Alconbury site for use of these units.

Decision Summary

The constabulary are seeking to develop the existing Alconbury kennels for the use of police dogs when their handlers are on leave and the development of the site for the placement of 3 x 10 unit portable kennel blocks for the kenneling of dangerous dogs. A fully developed Alconbury site provides additional income generation and cost reduction opportunities in respect of a police dog breeding programme, provision of dog training courses to external candidates and the provision of dangerous dog kenneling services to other forces. This is in response to a national shortage of police dogs, which is currently affecting operational delivery including the current restriction of handlers due to the lack of appropriate dogs.

The development of the kennel facility will require £226,000 capital investment for necessary ground works, purchase of portable kennel units, and ancillary items. The funding for this will be vired from the current revenue budget underspend to the 2014/15 capital budget.

The Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Business Co-ordination Board (BCB) discussed the proposal and agreed to the virement of the funding, the purchase of the dog kennelling units and development of the Alconbury site for use of these units at their meeting on the 13th November 2014. The minutes of the BCB record this and can be found at: