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Trainee police dogs at West Mercia Police are having a ball after works to improve their training facilities are completed.

The project, funded by PCC John Campion, has seen new and improved fencing installed enabling police dogs to exercise in a secure and safe environment when off-the-lead.

Enhancements have also been made to the current training facility, with new pathways created and the construction of a fit-for-purpose building to store training equipment.

As part of the PCC’s Safer West Mercia Plan, John Campion is committed to reforming West Mercia Police by giving the force the tools and resources they need to deliver the best possible training to all officers, whether canine or human.

PCC John Campion said: “I am delighted to see these important works have been completed. West Mercia Police’s dog unit plays a vital role in keeping our communities safe by helping officers apprehend suspects, find missing people, detect drugs and so much more.

“It is only right that these important four-legged officers are given the best possible training facilities, so they can continue to carry out their jobs effectively.”

Chief Inspector Charlie Parker said: “The new fencing surrounding the exercise field not only provides a safer environment for everyone, but has also a significant impact on the welfare of the police dogs, officers and staff.”