A NEW dog charity logo has been given the paw of approval from the police pooches it will support.
Durham Police Dog Support Unit is to launch its new Paws Up charity to make sure the Force’s canines have a happy retirement.
Established by Pc Ian Squire, the benevolent fund will be the first of its kind in the region to help pay the day-to-day living costs and vets’ bills for retired police dogs, who are either kept by their handler or rehomed.
The fund, which will form part of the Durham Agency Against Crime charity, is due to be officially launched in June and has been given its new logo and identity from foundation degree graphic design students at New College Durham. Callum Roberts created the winning logo.
Pc Squire and retired police dog Elkie went to the college where the new logo was unveiled.
The officer said: “I have been extremely impressed with the professionalism and commitment shown by staff and the students at New College Durham.
“The results have been tremendous, and from numerous excellent ideas, we have been able to select a design that we feel suits our needs perfectly.”
New College Durham’s curriculum manager for graphics and media, Rob Kane, said: “We have been delighted to work with Durham Police on such a worthy cause. It has given students a real-life example to focus on.”
The cost of caring for a police dog is met by the constabulary until they retire, which is usually between the ages of eight to10 years old. For more information, log on to www.pawsup.org.uk.