Police dogs in Nottinghamshire to benefit from pensions

The majority of workers in the United Kingdom have some kind of pension in place to improve their quality of life after retirement. With so many dogs assisting police with search and rescue, drug detection, explosive sniffing and other duties, it only seems right that they are given the same treatment.

To show appreciation for their work, Paddy Tipping, a Police and Crime Commissioner in Nottinghamshire, recently approved a pension scheme for the force’s canines. The aim of the initiative is to honour dogs for their service.

Animals are guaranteed to receive medical treatment as part of the project, which is thought to be a first in the country. Each retiring dog will be eligible for a £1,500 pension and the ongoing funds will be used in any cases of injury or illness.

The project will begin properly next month and the financial assistance will be applicable for any animal’s first three years after leaving the force.

The idea for this scheme came about as a result of a number of high-profile cases, in which the hard work of police dogs was highlighted. For example, a Belgian Shepherd called Rossi risked his life in May to help retrieve an axe from a drunken man.

Speaking about the scheme, Mr Tipping said:

“These dogs give willing and sterling service over the years in protecting the public. This will ensure continuing medical help once their work is done.”

A total of nine dogs are expected to leave the force between 2015 and 2016.