Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa is backing a petition for a change in the law that could help protect police dogs from attack.
Mr Dhindsa said: “Attacking a police officer is treated as a serious crime, but there are no laws in place to specifically protect against attacks on Police Dogs. At the moment, an assault against a Police Dog is merely treated as Criminal Damage and I don’t think that’s right.
“Thankfully, in Derbyshire it is rare to hear of a serious assault on police dogs, but they are obviously at risk of being hit or kicked as they carry out their duties.
Mr Dhindsa added: “I wholeheartedly support this petition and urge members of the public to sign up too.
“Police dogs are valuable members of the police team and they work hard on behalf of the public. I believe that a crime against a Police Dog should be treated as seriously as a crime against a regular Police Officer. They earn that every day.”
Mr Dhindsa has joined PCCs Paddy Tipping (Nottinghamshire), Bob Jones (West Midlands) and Matthew Ellis (Staffordshire) in signing the petition, which currently stands at around 10,000 signatures.
The Petition can be accessed here.
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Posted on Thursday 16th January 2014