Force kennel attendants
It’s far from a dog’s life at the Dog Section’s kennels for the animals under the expert care of the force's three kennel attendants. From the youngest to the oldest, the every need of each dog is taken care of throughout their working life from pups to retirement.
Joe Hemsley, kennel attendant, explained: "We work from 7am to 9pm, seven days a week, all year round. We care for and ensure all the dogs are healthy, fit and well and help handlers with any needs for their dogs.
"A typical day starts with the feeding, exercising and grooming of all our dogs, making sure all special dietary and exercise requirements are met.
“Then we clean all the kennels and check the physical and mental wellbeing of the dogs to make sure they remain healthy and in good condition. All dogs are then exercised every two to three hours and fed at teatime.”
The kennel attendant’s role also includes rehoming ex-police dogs, the breeding programme, managing the food stocks, disinfectant and medical supplies, and overseeing the microchipping of the dogs.
Joe added: "The best part of the job is working with the dogs. They all have their own personalities and we bond with them all.
“The puppies are great fun but hard work when you’ve ten German Shepherd puppies hanging off your leg all wanting their dinner at once!
“Re-homing an ex-police dog can be hard work but it’s well worth it when you see the dog settle in their new home. Most rewarding of all though, is being able to watch the puppies we’ve trained grow up and pass their training, becoming a police dog.”