Animal Welfare Scheme

Animal Welfare Scheme

The death of a police dog in Essex and the subsequent prosecution of police officers resulted in an understandable loss of public confidence in police dog training methods, generated adverse comment in the media and caused animal welfare organisations such as the RSPCA and the NCDL to stop donating dogs to the police service.

In response to these issues the ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) General Policing Committee introduced an Animal Welfare Visitors Scheme whereby members of the local community and relevant organisations visit, observe and report upon the conditions under which police dogs are housed, trained and transported.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Animal Welfare Visiting Scheme has been established in consultation with the Chief Constable of Gwent and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

The administration of the scheme rests with the Commissioner's staff who, in consultation with the Chief Constable, have the final responsibility in all matters relating to the scheme.

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Monitoring of Animal Welfare Scheme

The minutes of each meeting are published in line with the Commissioners monitoring responsibilities.

5th June 2017

13th February 2017

3rd October 2016

6th June 2016

8th February 2016

22nd October 2015

8th June 2015

9th February 2015

8th October 2014

1st May 2014

3rd February 2014

14th October 2013

16th July 2013

16th April 2013

8th January 2013