Police dogs learn new tricks at power station

Friday, 11th January 2019

STAFFORDSHIRE Police Dogs are leading the way on their training courses at a disused power station.

Officers from the Tactical Support Team at Staffordshire Police have been training their furry friends across the site at Rugeley Power Station in preparation of supporting officers during live incidents and pre-planned operations.

Disused buildings, a lake and woodland have all been used to help the dogs prepare for situations they may face.

PC Mark Sharrock said: “The site itself is fantastic for training the dogs because we can train them the basics using the facilities there.

“There’s disused buildings that can help the dogs learn how to search for offenders and there is lakes and woodland which is useful when the dogs are learning how to find missing people. It’s about replicating what the dogs would be faced with in the real world.

“We’re always looking for potential venues where there’s buildings or areas for training the dogs.”

The site is currently managed by ENGIE, a company which specialises in the production and supply of energy, facilities management and regeneration.

The company which employs around 17,000 people in the UK and Ireland is also responsible for the regeneration of the Kerria and Tinkers Green estates in Tamworth.

Chris Riches, ENGIE’s development project manager, said: “We are pleased to be able to work with Staffordshire Police to enable them to use the secure site to host police dog training, supporting the important policing work they do.

“Increased police activity on the site will also help to reinforce our existing security measures.”