RAF police dogs on full alert

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We’ve all heard of dogs being used in the police force, and perhaps the military, but what do they actually do and why is this so important?

Security is always at the top of the agenda at our military bases and recent incidents, such as the murder of bandsman Lee Rigby and the Drone protests at RAF Waddington, have underlined the need for this.

RAF police dogs are trained for 15 – 16 weeks when they are puppies, to assist RAF policeman when policing military bases.

At the end of the training course, these highly intelligent dogs are able to sniff out drugs and unexploded bombs.

This is extremely important, as humans cannot track down bombs very easily, but with a dog’s help the task becomes achievable.

Dogs are also trained to become patrol dogs, and can specialise in vehicle searches.

All in all, there are many important jobs that need dogs to complete them. These jobs rely on breeds being specially trained during the military’s intensive dog-handling training programme.

After the recent Drone protests at their base, no doubt the canine force will be on full alert at next month’s RAF Waddington Air Show, when thousands of visitors across the UK descend on this military showpiece.


Lydia, Year 8

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar, Alford

2 Responses to RAF police dogs on full alert

  1. Peter Farrant June 26, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    An interesting article about the RAF Police dogs. However, there is something that is not quite correct or rather needs clarifying.

    There are different purposes that the dogs are used for, they are bomb/explosive detection, drugs detection and also the guard dogs. As the piece reads it appears that the dogs are trained solely for detection but that is not the case.

    I hope that this does not detract from Lydia’s efforts 🙂


    • Sam atkins June 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Hi Peter

      Not at all and thank you for the clarification. I believe Lydia was focussing on ‘just’ the bomb detection side but as you say these amazing animals are doing so much more.

      All the best
      YJA Managing Editor