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Police dogs to get pensions in Nottinghamshire

Paddy Tipping with police dog, Meg Photo: ITV News Central

Retired police dogs are to get pensions which cover their medical futures, after a scheme was approved by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping.

The scheme will provide ongoing costs relating to medical injuries or illnesses, which have come out of their hard-working service.

Many of the force’s dogs are fit and healthy when they retire but some need medical treatment for injury or illness resulting from being worked hard while tackling crime. These dogs give willing and sterling service over the years in protecting the public so I am delighted to approve a scheme that will ensure continuing medical help once their work is done.

– Paddy Tipping, Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire

When dogs are in service, all treatment and care costs are covered by force budget. Until now, when the dogs retired, the costs were left to their handlers.

The new fund now means when a dog approaches retirement due to health or age, medical expenses are reimbursed for at least three years, up to £500 a year.