Metropolitan Police Dogs

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4946
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Following the recent FOI figures revealing that more than five people a week are being bitten by police dogs in London on average coupled with the fact that the Metropolitan Police have paid out £243,363 in compensation to victims of dog bites over the last three years, what measures are the Metropolitan Police taking to ensure that their dogs are being kept under control?

Answer

Answer for Metropolitan Police Dogs

Answer for Metropolitan Police Dogs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There are a number of measures in place to ensure that all operational Police Dog and Handler Teams receive a minimum of 13 days training per year are tested annually (licensed) to Home Office Standards by an independent ACPO Accredited Instructor. Failure to meet standards set out in the ACPO Police Dog Manual results in the dog being removed from operational policing to receive further training to correct any behaviour giving cause for concern. Failure to achieve that standard leads to permanent removal from service.

Annually the unit responds to 52,000 calls across London. The figures released show a total of 827 dog related incidents 2011/13.

It is important to note that only 24 of these relate to members of the public. 34 related to Police Officers, whereas 769 related to suspects wanted or being pursued by Officers.

The FOIA figures included compensation paid to Officers bitten by a dangerous dog out of control in public. £91,317 was paid to members of the public.