Dogs and dog handlers sought to help Sussex Police

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VOLUNTEER search team ALSAR Search Dogs Sussex, which regularly assists Sussex Police, is seeking new dogs and their handlers to join them.

The team is starting training courses in March for dogs and their owners to learn some of the skills needed to help police search for missing people across the county.

Chief Superintendent Paul Morrison, from Sussex Police’s Operations department, said: “The volunteers at ALSAR Search Dogs Sussex are an incredibly important resource for us here at Sussex Police when we are searching for people who have been reported missing.

“Often when someone is reported missing there is a large area for police to search and groups such as this make themselves available at all times of the day and night to help us cover a lot of ground quickly.

“The members and their dogs receive extensive training to find missing people, and as such provide a unique capability which enables them to support police efficiently and effectively, freeing up officers to carry out other tasks during the search.”

The courses start on Tuesday, April 2 and Tuesday, June 4, and run every Tuesday in the Chichester area for six weeks, costing £65.

As well as looking for new dog handlers, ASLAR Search Dogs is also looking to recruit potential new search technicians who support the dog handlers by carrying out roles such as navigation, radio communication and first aid.

To find out more information about the training or what the group does, visit www.lsdogs-sussex.org.uk

To book a place on one of the courses, contact Nina at Sussex County Dog Training on 01243 697202 or email nina@sussexcountydogtraining.co.uk