Metropolitan Police Status Dogs Unit

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1674
Question By: 
Kit Malthouse
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What has been the staffing and budget of the Metropolitan Police Status Dogs Unit in each of the last five years and what is the current and proposed budget for 2014/15?

Answer

Answer for Metropolitan Police Status Dogs Unit

Answer for Metropolitan Police Status Dogs Unit

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The staffing and budget for the MPS Status Dog Unit for the last 5 years is set out below.

 

Year

Staffing (FTE)

Spend/Budget £

Note

2009/10

n/a

313,713

Part year costs

2010/11

9

3,222,500

 

2011/12

9

3,154,682

 

2012/13

9

2,974,787

 

2013/14

9

2,915,918

 

NB costs include staff and running costs and the kennelling of dangerous dogs.

The budget for 2014/15 is currently being finalised.

In addition to the funding for 1 Inspector, 1 Police Sergeant and 5 Police Constables; the Status Dogs Unit is being enhanced by additional trained resources from elsewhere in the MPS. More than 70 out of an eligible 185 officers have received enhanced training to deliver assistance and support to operational units in identifying and dealing with dangerous dogs. To further uplift the number of officers able to respond to such incidents, a training programme of 15 officers bi-monthly is in place.