Dog Handling Unit

Police dogs working with police dog handlers in one of the many police dog units in forces around the UK perform many essential tasks.

The Police Dog Unit is a support service that can be called upon to assist in missing person searches, searching for criminals or property, locating drugs or explosives, hostage situations and crowd control.

If you are interested in a career as a police dog handler, you might find the following ‘Quick Links’ useful;

  • If you are not yet in the Police Service: Police Recruitment – and check out the resources to help you with a successful application.
  • If you are a police officer considering a transfer, visit the Police Jobs Section.

Other functions that police dog units regularly perform include:

  • Crowd management at major sporting events
  • Searching buildings and open ground for missing and wanted people
  • Searching for evidence
  • Drugs detection and explosive detection
  • Tracking suspects
  • Victim recovery dogs
  • Tactical firearms operations
  • Supporting community-based initiatives
  • Public order response
  • High-profile, proactive, intelligence-led patrols

To apply for a post as a dog handler you must have completed your 2-year probationary period and must have proved yourself to be a competent police officer. You can then apply to the dog unit for a trial course with a police dog that is trained to accept commands from any handler. If you are deemed suitable you will have to wait until a vacancy arises, and at this time you can apply for the position. Other suitable candidates may also apply for the post, so the department has to decide who they feel is most suitable for the post. Previous dog handling experience is therefore an advantage for any officer applying to join the police dog unit.

Police dog handlers must have a genuine love for animals and be very patient. Your dog will live with you and will be part of your own family. When dogs retire normally at around 9 years old they will generally become your household pet.

How 2 Become – A Police Dog Handler

The 'How To Become A Police Dog Handler' CD Rom is a 140 page guide that will provide you with insider information on how to get one of the most sought after jobs within the Police Force! Full of insider tips and advice, and brought to you by a retired Police Dog Handler with 20 years experience, it will guide you through the selection process and help you to pass at the very first attempt!

£15.99

£13.99

How 2 Become – A UK Police Officer

Want to join the police force? The 'How to become a UK Police Officer' CD ROM is the most comprehensive product available to guide you through the UK Police Officer selection process and help you to secure this fantastic career at the first attempt.

£42.89

£11.45

You must be fit to be able to keep up with your dog during the rigorous training exercises they need to go through. Police dogs must learn to be highly obedient, so that they are always under strict control in the most dangerous of circumstances.

German Shepherd dogs are generally the most commonly used breed of dog within the UK Police, although other breeds such as Labradors (for sniffing), Dobermans, Rottweilers and Weimaraners are used too.

Police dogs are commonly specially bred within Police kennels, to ensure a constant supply of dogs. However, some are still bought in, or provided by the public if the dog is still young enough for training.

You may have arrived on this page from a search engine. The information contained above is relevant for the following search phrases; Police Dog, Police Dog Handler, Met Police Dogs, Police Dog Unit, How to become a Police Dog Handler.

In the News
Digital evidence analysis tool for investigations 16:16, 2nd September GMT
Assistance with the analysis of complex mobile data is provided by the Digital Evidence Investigator.
Race discrimination: Met told to review procedures 13:41, 2nd September GMT
Diplomatic Protection Group officer wins £37,000 award from force after she was discriminated against on race and sex grounds.
Scotland Yard sale will allow high-tech investment 11:09, 2nd September GMT
Met HQ since 1967 is now on the market for £250 million - sale shows commitment to "putting bobbies before buildings", says mayor.
Chief pledges new 'impartial' Rotherham inquiry 10:50, 2nd September GMT
South Yorkshire's chief constable says external investigation will be commissioned to identify 'wrongdoings' - but shadow home secretary demands more decisive action.
Officer's shooting actions 'justified' 07:14, 1st September GMT
Police ombudsman concludes that officer who fired a shot at a car speeding towards him was justified in his actions.
Video: Acting in a policing world 07:14, 1st September GMT
Met sergeant tells PoliceOracle.com how he balances the demands of the job with his acting ambition.
NATO Summit: Operations begin 07:14, 1st September GMT
Significant mutual aid deployment gets underway as terror threat becomes heightened across the country.
Police will be able to seize passports 16:25, 1st September GMT
David Cameron outlines new measures in response to increased terrorist threat.
Fed warns over referendum 'carnage' claims 07:30, 2nd September GMT
But Better Together says that intimidation of its activists has been rife throughout campaign so far.
'Hybrid' police structures are not 'maintaining neighbourhood policing' 07:14, 1st September GMT
Moving police personnel from centralised to community structures does not mean neighbourhood policing is being preserved, it is more like 'shifting deckchairs on the Titanic' says ex-chief.