Police Dog Section
Guernsey Police Dog section comprises of two full time Police Dog handlers who handle two dogs each. The Officers and dogs form part of the Operational Support Unit which also incorporates the traffic motorcyclists and Tactical Firearms Unit.
PC 64 Chris Williamson with 20 years service handles a General Purpose Police Dog and a pro-active Drugs search dog Spaniel 'Toby'. PC Williamson's General Purpose dog 'Zico' who was due to retire at the end of December 2012, sadly died suddenly of natural causes in November 2012.PC Williamson is now away for 15 weeks at Surrey Police Dog Training School training with his new dog.
Both drug search spaniels are additionally trained to search for Firearms and firearms residues.
Guernsey Police Dog section have formed a partnership with Surrey Regional Police Dog training school for Initial Training Courses. Instructor's from Surrey Police travel to Guernsey twice a year to deliver on-going continuation training and to assess and licence Guernsey Dogs.
The Police Dog section work closely with their colleagues in the Guernsey Border Agency, HSSD and the Prison service.
Dog Section work and train closely with the Force Tactical Firearms Unit, providing the Force with an alternative 'Less Lethal' option during Firearms operations.
They are also used in Missing Person searches and can search large areas of open land or buildings much quicker than a team of Police Officers.
Offenders have recently been arrested making off from the scene of thefts, burglaries and road traffic incidents with the assistance of Dogs tracking the Offenders scent from the area, these offenders may not have been traced without the use of Police Dogs.
The dogs are also very useful for searching for items of property that may have been lost or discarded by an offender following a crime.
On a day to day operation level Officers on the dog section continue to attend all manner of incidents, both those requiring the use of Police Dogs and other more general Policing matters. The Dogs are regularly used to patrol in areas of anti-social behaviour and deal with other matters allocated by both the Force control room and supervisors.