The Animal Welfare Scheme was started following the death of a police dog in Essex whilst in training and the subsequent prosecution of the officers involved.
The scheme aims to restore public confidence and ensure the Constabulary's procedures are ethical, humane and transparent.
Animal Welfare Visitors are members of the local community who observe, comment and report on the conditions in which Derbyshire Constabulary's police dogs are housed, trained and transported. Unannounced visits are made to the kennels at Force Headquarters or the training facilities used.
As with the Independent Custody Visitors, Animal Welfare Visitors are volunteers who do not receive a salary but are reimbursed for any expenses incurred in making a visit. Full training is given.
The Animal Welfare Scheme Annual Report is contained within the Independent Custody Visiting Scheme Annual Report 2010-11. Currently only Nottinghamshire Police Authority provide a separate annual report for their scheme. To see the report, please click on the following link: Nottinghamshire Police Authority Animal Welfare Scheme Annual Report 2010-11.
There are no vacancies on the Animal Welfare Scheme at the moment. If you would like to be considered for any future recruitment, please contact the Scheme Administrator on email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or telephone: 01773 733798.
Picture courtesy of the Derby Evening Telegraph.