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A worker who has helped set up a new fund to help police dogs after retirement has spoken out about why the scheme has been launched.
Dave Hibbert, from the Retired WM Police Dog Benevolent Fund, told ITV Central the dogs - which include those trained to sniff out explosives, drugs and money as well as track criminals down - work "extremely hard" to protect the public.
He said they were even shot at during the summer riots in 2011.
Canine coppers from West Midlands Police have given demonstrations of their skills at a fun day to launch a new fund supporting retired dogs.
The Retired WM Police Dog Benevolent Fund will raise cash for dogs who have finished active duty, to pay for medical care and rehoming costs.
The fund was launched with a fun day at the Tally Ho training ground in Edgbaston, where visitors were able to see the dogs in action - including bite training.
The dogs are taught to respond to aggressive actions from a suspect, and leave when called off by their handler.
A fun day has been organised by West Midlands Police officers to kick-start fundraising for their new Benevolent Fund for retired police dogs.
Police dog demonstrations, stalls and other activities have all been on offer at the Tally Ho training centre in Edgbaston.
The fund has been launched to help pay for medical treatment for the dogs once they are released from active duty.
A new fund aimed at looking after retired police dogs has been launched by West Midlands Police.
The canine coppers, who spend their entire lives protecting their handlers as well as chasing down criminals and sniffing out vital evidence, often suffer knee, leg and back problems later in their life.
The new Retired WM Police Dog Benevolent Fund aims to raise cash to help pay for ongoing medical treatment after their active duties finish.