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Animal Welfare Visiting Scheme

The Animal Welfare Visiting Scheme provides an independent check on the condition and welfare of police dogs across the three policing areas of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

The scheme began several years ago, following the death of a police dog at a different force. The lessons learned highlighted the need for a transparent and accountable scheme to provide public confidence in the way police animals are trained and cared for.

Checks are made on the condition of kennels, as well as the treatment of the animals. Reports are submitted to the Commissioner.