Policing with pets

Participants in the Dog Watch scheme
Participants in the Dog Watch scheme
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More than 20 dog walkers have already joined a new ‘citizens’ army’ to report any crime they see while out with their pets.

The civic-minded dog lovers signed up at the launch of Fylde Dog Watch at the Inn on the Prom in St Annes.

Each of them was given wristbands and personal-attack alarms, key fobs, and poop bags featuring the contact details of police so they can swiftly report any misdemeanours they see while out walking.

Coun Cheryl Little, chairman of Fylde Council’s tourism and leisure committee, said: “People are signing up to Fylde Dog Watch on a daily basis and this can only help the fight against crime.

“No-one expects the police to be everywhere. They can’t see everything – but other citizens often do.

“Dog walkers are ideally placed as they are frequently out and about and they usually know their neighbourhoods well.

“Each signed-up pet walker will now have the 
police contact details to hand and they can report suspicious activity quickly so the police can investigate promptly.”

The scheme is backed by Fylde Community Safety Partnership with support from Fylde Council, Lancashire Police, Neighbourhood Watch and advocacy charity n-compass.

Contact Police Watch liaison officer Susan Blackburn on (01253) 604134 or at susan.blackburn@lancashire.pnn.police.uk