Police forces to merge dog section to make £3 million in savings

A police dog in action.
A police dog in action.
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Police at three forces are merging their dog sections to make savings of more than £3million.

Durham Constabulary, Cleveland Police and North Yorkshire Police are to merge their units to create a single integrated service from summer 2016.

The move that will reduce overall costs by more than three million pounds over the next five years and enable a substantial 24-hour dog unit to be retained across the three forces.

Police dogs carry out many tasks including assisting officers and sniffing out drugs.

Ron Hogg, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham, said: “Police dogs and their handlers provide a really valuable service, and I want to make sure that we keep that service strong, despite the financial pressures facing police services across the country.

“This decision to combine the dogs and dog handlers from three forces into a single team will save money, and secure the police dogs function for the future. That is good news for our region.”