A dog handler is a demanding role in Police Scotland. It takes dedication and commitment to undertake the role. You will find yourself at the most serious incidents, which include anything from a drug search to a firearms warrant, dogs are a huge part of Policing in Scotland.
What is the role of a police dog handler in Scotland?
The role is extremely diverse, and you can cover a wide range of incidents through a shift. Here are some of the roles of a dog handler;
- Responding to incidents which require a police dog
- Conducting searches with your dog, which could be for offenders, drug searches or missing people
- Help contain dangerous dogs
- Provide advice and specialist knowledge to wide-scale investigations
How to become a dog handler in Police Scotland
You have to complete the 2 year probation period before being eligible to apply for the role as a dog handler. There is high competition for the role, and it takes a high level of commitment to become a dog handler. You have to commit for the lifetime of the dog, and you will also have to care for the dog.
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