A group of very good boys and girls are helping to keep UK citizens safe by bravely protecting nuclear power plants and waste sites from terrorist attacks.
By, 19 Jul 2019
When it comes to working dogs, the Civil Nuclear Constabulary dog unit is the A-team.
A sharp-nosed team
Made up of mostly German/Belgian shepherds and sharp-nosed spaniels, the members of this elite pooch troop are trained to confront intruders and trespassers and sniff out dangerous objects, including bombs!
After being put through their paces at the training camp near Sellafield power station in Cumbria, the dogs go onto work at one of several nuclear plants or waste sites all over the UK.
"It’s the best job there is if you like dogs. At the end of the day, it’s a lifestyle choice. We are really fortunate within the CNC that people come to us because they want to and because they’re motivated."
Given the nature of their work, a lot of what these dogs get up to remains top-secret. But Duncan Worsell, the Assistant Chief Constable of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, gave us a glimpse into just how vital the dogs really are; he said:
"Where we deploy them, the dogs are extraordinarily important. Dogs can do things that armed officers cannot do. For instance, searching a building if you know that there are intruders within the building, but you don’t know how many or where within the building they are, you can use dogs in order to do that."
All the treats in the world
Well, I just hope our four-legged defenders are getting all the treats and cuddles they deserve!
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