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Police force under fire over ‘dog blog’

A taxpayers’ campaign group criticised police recently for “wasting” time and money creating internet blogs “written” by police dogs, a newspaper report stated recently.

 Cambridgeshire is the latest force to launch a “dog blog” on its website – others have been produced by Tayside and Avon and Somerset.  Staff say the diary is popular and promotes the work of police dogs.  But the TaxPayers’ Alliance says the blogs are “PR exercises” with no public benefit.

 “All the time we hear that police forces overstretched and officers have too much paperwork,” said a spokesman. “Yet someone seems to have enough time to write hundreds of words about the life of a dog?”  Chief executive Matthew Elliott added: “This might be a well-intentioned idea but it is a waste of money. “Either the dog’s handler or a press officer are evidently devoting their time to writing this blog at taxpayers’ expense and to no real benefit for public safety.  “People pay their taxes for the police to go out and catch criminals, not for cutesy PR exercises.”

Cambridgeshire police said the blog gave the public an “insight” into the work of police dogs.  “The dog’s blog has proved to be extremely popular with the public and received more than 700 visitors in its first week,” said a spokeswoman.  “We have also had several emails from the public asking Lukas questions about his role and saying how much they like the blog.  “Police dogs play a vital role in protecting the public and officers and the purpose of the blog is to give people an insight into that work.  “The blog costs nothing to produce and is written by the corporate communications team, whose role it is to promote the work of the force.”

In the blog German Shepherd puppy Lukas “tells” readers: “I’m … lucky enough to have my two big brothers Yeoman and George in their kennels either side of me. They’re police dogs at the moment, and they’re always telling me about what they get up to, so I can’t wait to see if I’m lucky enough to be able to become a proper police dog.”

At the CTCC we are fortunate enough to have this, but this has been shelved to save money, help make our communities safer and to bring offenders to justice.


8 Responses

  1. I’m really a dog person, but I loved Thisendbites – better than most blogs about human plod!

  2. That should actually read ‘NOT a dog person’!

  3. It’s a lot better than most of the ‘arse’ that SMTs push out…

  4. Police dogs are the most popular public face of any police force. I live in California, where even the most justified police shootings are the subject of endless protests and lawsuits. Some time ago we had an incident in which a fleeing felon shot and killed a police dog during the performance of his duties. As soon as I heard that, I told my office mate, “That guy’s toast. He could have killed a human officer and made it to jail in one piece, but there is no citizen activist group that will march in protest for a dog killer. This will not be a good outcome for the criminal this time. It’s as good as a free throw for the police”. It proved to be the case. When the police finally apprehended him, he brandished a firearm and was ventilated to the tune of about 120 holes. When the police chief of the jurisdiction in which it happened was asked by the (always critical of the police) press, “Why did they have to shoot him 120 times?”, the chief was quoted as replying, “We didn’t have any more bullets”. Unlike any of the usual police involved shootings in my very liberal state, the case was closed after a brief review. No lawsuit, no protests, no problem. In some ways it’s a bit raw to know that K-9 officers receive greater regard than the hard working humans, but at least the public support some LEO’s.

  5. By the way, when is your dog going to update his blog? I love “This End Bites”.

  6. +1 here for more from the lad with the teeth!

  7. My dog liked This End Bites. It inspired him to get his own Facebook page.

    He also has more friends than me…

  8. Hey…. Come on…. My daily long walks along the estuary have taken on new meanings since reading “This End Bites”. More than ever, now, I see the outings from a canine point of view. What a load of rubbish to complain that such blogs are a waste of taxpayers’ money! Every dog needs the odd five minutes of R & R, after all. My dog says that my understanding of her needs has improved since we have together been reading TEB

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