Pooches get pension scheme

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Plans have been passed to award police dogs in Nottinghamshire a pension scheme.

Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire police and crime commissioner, has approved a Police Dog Pension Scheme that will ensure the forces four legged friends future medical costs are covered.

The pension scheme will provide ongoing costs relating to medical injuries or illnesses arising from their hardworking service. Mr Tipping said: “Many of the force’s dogs are fit and healthy when they retire but some need medical treatment for injury or illness resulting from being worked hard while tackling crime.

“These dogs give willing and sterling service over the years in protecting the public so I am delighted to approve a scheme that will ensure continuing medical help once their work is done.”

If still working, the dogs’ treatment and care is paid for through the force budget. But officer handlers’ concerns about the costs after the dogs retire led to the scheme.