Who are Animal Welfare Visitors?
Animal Welfare Visitors are members of the local community and relevant organisations who visit, observe and report upon the conditions in which Gwent Police dogs are housed, trained and transported.
Why does Gwent have an 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.
In response to these issues Animal Welfare Visitors Schemes were introduced.
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.
Monitoring of Animal Welfare Scheme
The minutes of each meeting are published in line with the Commissioners monitoring responsibilities.