PCC lends support to police dogs petition

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones has lent his Bob Jones with puppy walkerssupport to a petition that seeks to make attacks on police dogs a specific offence.

Bob has signed, and the petition has already attracted nearly 7,000 signatures.

Bob Jones said, "I wholeheartedly support this petition.  I have signed it and hope as many people as possible will too.  Our police dogs are key to effective policing and yet have no legal protection.  In law, an attack on a police dog is treated as 'criminal damage'  - the same as kicking a car.  This needs to change.

"The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, currently beforeGuide Dogs 3 Parliament, includes proposals to protect assistance dogs, such as guide dogs, from attack.

"I think that the law should be widened to offer protection to police dogs too.  I am glad to be supporting this petition with Matt Ellis, Police and Crime Commissioner in Staffordshire, West Midlands Police and Staffordshire Police."

The petition is here.