Dog handling team

Trained dogs and their handlers play an important role in our mission to build safer communities. We have different breeds of dog undertake different duties. All of our General Purpose Police dogs are German Shepherd Dogs, whose duties include:

  • Tracking missing people
  • Searching for missing suspects
  • Locating lost or stolen property
  • Chasing and detaining suspects
  • Keeping order in crowd situations

Some dogs are trained as specialists. These include:

Firearms support dogs

These dogs are some of our General Purpose Dogs who have additional training, with their handlers, to work with the tactical firearms team. They are often the first to enter and search a building, often with cameras attached to their heads, with the monitor held by a police officer.

Explosives dogs

Many explosives dogs are spaniels, labradors or border collies, and are often working dogs rescued from a shelter. They are trained to search, locate and safely indicate the presence of military, commercial and home-made explosives.

Drugs dogs

Drugs dogs are usually gun dogs such as german short-haired pointers, labradors and spaniels. Proactive drugs dogs are used to search premises, vehicles and areas for drugs and to let their handlers know when drugs have been found. Passive drugs dogs screen the air around individuals, and are often used at concerts and outside night clubs. As well as detecting drugs, they act as a visible deterrent.


Canine Development Officer
Devon & Cornwall Police
Police Headquarters
Middlemoor, Exeter
Tel: 07811424886
Tel: 01392 226399

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