PCC Sue Mountstevens supports police dogs protection petition (From Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News)
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PCC Sue Mountstevens supports police dogs protection petition
7:30pm Friday 24th January 2014 in News
AVON and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner is supporting a petition calling for police dogs to receive more protection.
PCC Sue Mountstevens signed an e-petition asking the Ministry of Justice to create a new law protecting police dogs against attacks.
Currently, an assault against a police dog is treated as criminal damage; however, the new law would see police dogs receive the same protection in law as a police officer.
PCC Mountstevens said: “Police dogs are a valuable asset to the forces they serve and an extension of the handlers who work with and care for them daily and I believe it is, therefore, only right that they receive the same rights as the officers they work alongside.
“Animal or officer, both deserve the appropriate protection when subjected to personal attack and violence and this currently isn’t the case.
“I would strongly urge others to sign the petition to support the legal protection of police dogs from harm.”
Over 9,000 people have already signed the petition. Visit epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/57585 The closing date is November 28, 2014.
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