Police dogs to be given their own PENSIONS worth up to £1,500 each
Hero police dogs in the UK are being given their own pensions worth up to £1,500 each.
The crime-fighting pooches have always been regarded as fellow cops among serving officers.
And now police chiefs in Nottingham are making sure the animals are cared for after their retirement.
The pension plan scheme, to begin next month, will ensure the animals have medical bills paid for them.
Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said: “We look after the people who work for us who have been police officers and staff.
“They get a decent retirement and I think it’s important the same is done for the dogs.
“These animals work hard for the police and they are officers in their own right.”
Police dogs often retire to live as pets with their handlers – but police forces rarely pay towards their upkeep.
Now each pooch will get medical costs up to £500 a year for the first three years after they leave Nottinghamshire Police.
Phil Matthews, chairman of the Notts branch of the Police Federation, welcomed the move.
He said: “It’s nice to see the force is going to put some kind of financial package together.
“The dogs are known for doing some fantastic work and we owe them a duty of care.”