Police Dogs (4432_13)

Request

1 in relation to your dog section can you tell me if your handlers currently have use of a Police vehicle to transport the Police dogs from their home address to their place of work when on duty.  
2 if your dog handlers are using their own vehicles to transport the Police dogs to their place of work what allowances are provided ie essential users allowance. 
3 when a handler is not on a duty day and is walking/exercising their Police dogs are they considered to be on duty when the Police dog is in a public place as I understand they are paid a handlers allowance.  
4 how many dog handlers have registered/submitted claims in relation to noise induced hearing loss in the last 10 years.  
5 if any payments/settlements were paid in relation to noise induced hearing loss can I ask how much the payment was. 
6 is your dog section currently taking part in any advertisement/sponsorship to raise funds for the force or department if they are can I ask what it involves. 
7 what health and safety risks have been identified in the dog sections health and safety risk assessment in relation to the hearing of the dog handlers.

Response

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