North Yorkshire Police dogs swap barks for tweets

Tyke, Toby and Sam, who joined the force's dog section in September.
Tyke, Toby and Sam, who joined the force's dog section in September.

North Yorkshire Police’s dog section has turned to social media to raise the profile of the force’s canine crime-fighters.

Officers will use Twitter to highlight the vital work of the police dogs and to give people an insight into the role of the department.

Dog handler, PC Scott Nixon, said: “Our dogs provide invaluable assistance in a variety of policing situations. They are also very popular with members of the public.

“We’ll be tweeting about new recruits, training and ongoing jobs around North Yorkshire.

“We’ve had a great response so far with over 600 followers in the first few days of tweeting.”

One sergeant, 20 constables, two dog trainers and 35 dogs, from general purpose to specialist search dogs, assist the force on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week.

Among their many and varied tasks, police dogs help the police to apprehend suspects, find missing people, control public order situations, sniff out items such as explosives and drugs and search for evidence to help bring offenders to justice.

Follow @NYPDogSection on Twitter for the latest news on the county’s police dogs.