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Police Dogs and Horses (7280/19)


The number of police dogs and horses used by forces in the UK between 1st Jan 2009 – 31st Dec 2018.

How many police dogs were there in the force’s dog unit in the following years, broken down by job type

Please list the main breeds used in the totals in question 1. Please list the most commonly used breeds first

How many FULL TIME members of staff (trainers, handlers, officers etc) were working in the force’s dog unit in the following years:

How many police horses were there in the force’s mounted unit

How many FULL TIME members of staff (trainers, handlers, officers etc) were working in the mounted unit

What was the forces total budget in the last ten years, and what budget was allocated to the dog and mounted unit:

(Optional) Please add any additional comments you’re happy to share re. the information above. Such as details of any changes/impact to working behaviours that may have occurred between 2009-2019. Please also include a contact email for anyone who is happy to be filmed or interviewed as part of this investigation:


Please find attached our response.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.