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Police Dogs and Kennelling Costs

Question

1. Please state the number of police dogs in the service of your police force at the end of each of the following financial years:

 i. 2012/13

ii. 2013/14

iii. 2014/15

iv. 2015/16

v. 2016/17

vi. 2017/18 (providing the figure at 01/10/17)

2. Please state the total spent by your force on your police dog department for each of the following financial years:

i. 2012/13

ii. 2013/14

iii. 2014/15

iv. 2015/16

v. 2016/17

vi. 2017/18 (providing the figure to 01/10/17)

3. Please state the number of occasions that police dog units were deployed in each of the following financial years:

i. 2012/13

ii. 2013/14

iii. 2014/15

iv. 2015/16

v. 2016/17

vi. 2017/18 (providing the figure to 01/10/17)

Answer

Tri Force is a collaboration between Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Police to provide Specialist Operational Services. This encompasses the specialisms of Firearms, Roads Policing, Collision Investigation and Dogs.

Q1: I am not obliged to provide you with a response. The exemption applicable to this is section 21 – information reasonably accessible by other means, this is an absolute exemption.

Please find a link below to the number of police dogs in service; I can confirm that the current figure for this year remains at 40.

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/148395-police-dogs-in-service

Q2: The annual spend has been provided below, please note that in 2011/2012, 2012/13 and part of 2013/2014 the costs for the dogs were not separately recorded as this formed part of the Road Policing Unit.

The costs include pay, dog kennelling, dog food, vet fees, equipment and travel/accommodation. They exclude the expenditure for the trainers who provide training for the dog handlers and dogs

Financial Year

Annual spend

2013/2014

£66,803

2014/2015

£1,558,487

2015/2016

£1,769,300

2016/2017

£1,781,758

2017/2018 (to 01/10/2017)

£850,959

Q3: This specific information is not recorded, there is no central record kept of every dog deployment. Communications logs will record where dog deployments have occurred however this would not cover all dog deployments. In addition this would involve reviewing a large volume of communication logs to extract this which would attract the section 12 cost of compliance exemption.

FOI reference: 1248/17.

Date of request: 11.10.17.