Independent Dog Welfare Scheme
From this a strategy was developed to restore public confidence, part of this was the establishment of Animal Welfare Lay Visitors Schemes, the Hertfordshire scheme was established in 2006 by the Constabulary’s Dog Unit. In 2009 the Police Authority took over the administration of the scheme until November 2012 when I as Police and Crime Commissioner became responsible for this worthwhile enterprise.
In February 2009, Herts and Beds entered into a collaborative agreement and the Joint Dog Unit was established on the 1st April 2009 and was headed by Chief Insp. Mark Canning. The current head of the unit is Inspector Mark Farrant.
Collaboration between the Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Police Dog Unit and Cambridgeshire’s Police Dog Unit was completed on 1 April 2013. In advance of this, a joint Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Independent Dog Welfare Visiting scheme was established in December 2012.