Last week the following appeared on the DEFRA website
Specialist training for police to tackle dangerous dogs
Police officers will receive specialist training to become designated Dog Legislation Officers who will provide expert advice on dangerous dogs cases and legislation, Animal Welfare Minister Jim Fitzpatrick announced today.
The Association of Chief of Police Officers (ACPO) will receive £20,000 from Defra to help deliver the training which will ensure officers have a thorough understanding of current dangerous dogs legislation, as well as best practice enforcement techniques.
Guidance for enforcers, published in April, recommended that it was good practice for every police force to have, or have access to, a designated Dog Legislation Officer (DLO) who had a good knowledge of the law and how it could be best used to protect public safety.
Mr Fitzpatrick said:
“I am determined to crack down on irresponsible dog ownership and ensure that those who use dogs to injure people are dealt with rigorously. I know that this training will get us one step closer to better enforcement of dangerous dogs laws.
Anybody who knows (and understands) anything about dogs realises the Dangerous Dog legislation is absolutely useless and has cost a fortune to basically incarcerate a large number of innocent animals. People from every walk of life have been questioning its efficacy for years and this is the latest reaction from a wonderful government that has already bankrupted the country; spend more money! This will, of course, answer every query that has been raised & miraculously make the 1991 Act successful.
Whilst ignoring all the obvious questions one thing has to be asked. Is the £20,000 to ACPO for them to train one person to go round the varying forces passing on “their expertise”, is it £20,000 for each of the currently 44 listed forces?