In common with other police forces in the UK which use German Shepherd dogs in their fight to combat crime, West Midlands Police have found it increasingly difficult to find enough dogs of the right quality to carry out operational police duties. In view of this, we are one of several forces which operate a breeding programme. Many of the police dogs you see patrolling the streets of the West Midlands have graduated through this scheme.
At the age of seven weeks, the puppies leave their mothers and are placed with families who act as puppy walkers. They then look after them until they are at least six months old.
No. All that is asked of puppy walkers is that they give the puppy a lot of play time and are normally at home to look after it for most of the day.
Everyday things, such as allowing the puppy to experience the noises of household appliances, for example vacuum cleaners, TVs, washing machines, etc. Also, socialising the puppy with other people is most important, for example, taking it for walks and introducing it to the sight and sound of traffic, as well as other animals. In essence, just allowing it to grow up and develop in a happy and carefree environment without any fears.
All equipment, food and veterinary care are paid for by us.
Anybody can apply to be a puppy walker, provided they have the time.
If you feel you can help by looking after one of our puppies, please contact West Midlands Police Dog Training Centre on 101.