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Behind the scenes: Cumbria police dog handlers

Cumbria Police are letting ITV Border’s camera’s behind the scenes in a rare glimpse of what life is like as a Dog Handler.

They will explain that the dog section is an essential part of Cumbria Constabulary, not only in fighting crime but also finding missing people and locating vital hidden evidence.

Some of Cumbria police's new recruits Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria police say the dog section is involved in all aspects of policing.

Cumbria Constabulary have a number of statistics relating to the dog section.

  • They have 28 dogs who are fully trained in different aspects of police work
  • There are 3 puppies which are currently undergoing training to become full time members of the team
  • There are 14 police officers who are specially trained in being a dog handler and are each responsible for a minimum of two police dogs
  • They found in excess of £2,000,000 worth of drugs in the last 12 months
  • They have been involved in the security for the Olympics and in every Royal or MP visit to Cumbria
  • It takes 13 weeks to train a general purpose dog, who undergo additional training after that
  • The dog section are one of the few departments that take their work home with them, with the dogs living at the handlers homes.
Police dogs at work Credit: ITV Border

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