More boots, hooves and paws on the ground in Lancashire

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New Police Dogs and Police Horses have joined the team at Lancashire Constabulary. The Dogs Unit and Mounted Branch have benefited from an uplift of officers and four-legged colleagues in order to provide additional resilience and better equip the force to catch people who break the law.

You can meet some of our newbies below *Warning, cuteness overload*

At the Dogs Unit, the handlers cover the whole of the county, no mean feat when you consider their are over 1.5 million residents in the county. The recent uplift of five additional handlers will not only provide the team more support, but also makes the dogs more visible to members of the public. The uplift will increase the number of incidents the dogs can get to, which will have a direct impact on getting positive results.

There’s also an uplift of an additional officer at Mounted Branch which will allow the team to provide a better service to the public, whilst ensuring the horses are still comfortable and happy in their work.


Police Horse Banks

Name: Banks
Age: 10
Breed: Irish Sports Horse
Colour: Bay
Weight: 700kg
Size (hands): 18

Banks (formally known as Fred) has come from a home in West Yorkshire where he enjoyed hacking out and was taken to county level shows. He loves attention and likes to say good morning to people by popping his head out of the door each morning.
He likes the occasional mint but can’t have too many to keep his teeth nice and clean.
Banks is still in training, but he is doing really well. He is very laid back and is a very kind horse who looks after his riders. He doesn’t spook at anything and it won’t be long before he is allocated to a police officer to go out on patrol more regularly.

Banks has been named in memory of 9-year-old Jordan Banks who tragically died after being struck by lightning earlier in the year. Jordan touched the hearts of many officers when he left sweet treats on cars to cheer them up during the Covid-19 pandemic. Jordan was due to visit Mounted and Dogs as a thank you for his kindness, so we feel naming our newest steed after him is a fitting tribute.


Trainee Police Dog Hulk

Then…
Now!

Hulk, joined us earlier in the year. Now at seven months old, he is in the full swing of training. We will be looking to licence him in around five months’ time as a fully trained General Purpose Police Dog. He will already complete most tasks that are asked of him and is now biting training sleeves, chasing down decoys and finding property.  Hulk’s obedience work is fantastic, and he is showing all the signs that he will be a super police dog for the Force.


Storm and Blitz

Police Dog Storm
Police Dog Blitz

Have you picked up on the Marvel superhero theme yet?! Storm and Blitz are now both nine months old.  Their training will begin when their new handlers begin.  The dogs need to be beginners as well as the handlers so that they can learn the role together as a team.  Both are lovely sociable dogs that have a very high drive. The signs are good.


And finally…

Police Dogs Nigel and Arti
Police Dogs Nigel and Arti

Spaniels Nigel (left) and Arti (right) will join us later this month to begin their training as specialist search dogs. Can we get an ‘Awwwwww’?

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Lancashire Police ahead of Police Officer recruitment targets

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Lancashire Police have exceeded their target to recruit an extra 153 officers into the force this year.

In addition to the target set by the Government as part of the Police Uplift Programme, over 60% of the new police officers recruited were female in Lancashire, joining only three other forces nationally to encourage more female recruits.

Some of the officers are already on the beat, having completed all their initial training, whilst others are still polishing their policing skills with tutors.

One of these officers, PC Yasmin Hylton said: “A career as a police officer is varied and offers me the chance to make a real difference to people’s lives which is very rewarding.”

Commenting on the news, Chief Constable Chris Rowley said: “We are really pleased to have met our target – every extra officer on the streets is good news for our teams and for the residents of Lancashire.

“I am also pleased to see that we have increased female representation in our officers.  I know we’ve been privileged to attract fantastic candidates, all with different skills and life experiences who will be able to make a real difference to our local communities. The extra officers will be placed in locations where they will have the biggest impact on reducing crime, vulnerability and ASB”

Andrew Snowden, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire said:

“I’m delighted that the force here in Lancashire has been able to bring in more officers and has exceeded its recruitment target, fully utilising the support of additional funding from Government.

“These additional officers will make a real difference, helping us to crack down on crime and deliver on the priorities that the people of Lancashire have told me matter most to them.

“I will work closely with the Chief Constable to ensure the additional resources coming into Lancashire Constabulary are best used to keep the people safe and I will also continue to work constructively with Government on any additional investment into policing in the county.”

Recruitment will continue this year, with plans to recruit more Police Officers and police staff as part of the national Police Uplift Programme.

Anyone interested in working as a Police Officer or any other policing role can find out more and sign up for job alerts at joinus.lancashire.police.uk

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One Team Different Roles… which will you choose?

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As part of the newest Police Officer recruitment campaign to join the Degree Holder Entry Programme, applicants have a choice of routes to apply for. The Detective Entry Programme or Uniformed Officer.

To help you make your choice, we interviewed some of our uniformed officers and detectives so they can introduce you to some of the different roles and departments you could work in…

Uniformed

Detectives

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Thinking about becoming a Police Officer?

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We caught up with some of our officers to talk to them about the recruitment process and what it is like to be a Police Officer at Lancashire Police.

If you are thinking about joining us on any of our entry pathways, get the inside knowledge from some of our officers about choosing this exciting and rewarding career…

Will you apply?

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