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PCC signs petition to give police dogs same rights as officers


Avon and Somerset Police Dog

Police dogs receiving protection from criminal acts and violence has received the support of Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens after she signed a petition to make it an offence.

Ms Mountstevens pledged her support, alongside other PCCs across the country, signing the e-petition which asks the Ministry of Justice to create a new law protecting police dogs against attacks.

Currently an assault against a police dog is treated as criminal damage; however the new law would see police dogs receive the same protection in law as a police officer.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Police dogs are a valuable asset to the forces they serve and an extension of the handlers who work with and care for them daily and I believe it is therefore only right that they receive the same rights as the officers they work alongside.

 “Animal or officer, both deserve the appropriate protection when subjected to personal attack and violence and this currently isn’t the case.  I would strongly urge others to sign the petition to support the legal protection of police dogs from harm.”

Over 9000 people have already taken a stand and have committed their support by signing the petition.

To find out more about and to sign the e-petition visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/57585

The closing date is November 28, 2014.


Posted on Wednesday 15th January 2014
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