POLICE dogs and their handlers have got on board a scheme to crack down on pet owners who allow their animals to make a mess of their neighbourhoods.
The 19 police officers from Durham Constabulary have signed up to the Green Dog Walker scheme, which is run by Durham County Council to promote responsible dog ownership.
More than 800 dog owners have signed up to the scheme, including 400 who got involved after another campaign earlier this year.
Oliver Sherratt, the council’s head of direct services, said: “Membership of the Green Dog Walker scheme is increasing all the time.
“There are already more than 800 members who are helping to make the county cleaner and greener.
“We are delighted that Durham Constabulary dog handlers are also backing the scheme, helping to remind people of the importance of being a responsible dog owner.”
Those who are part of the scheme pledge to always pick up after their pet and carry extra dog waste bags in case another dog walker has forgotten one.
The Durham Constabulary dog handlers will display the scheme’s logo to show that they are members of the scheme.
Further information about the Green Dog Walker programme is available at www.durham.gov.uk/greendogwalkers or by contacting council’s Civic Pride team on 03000 26 1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.