July 18, 2011
school to become new police dog training centre
King Alfred School is to become a training centre
for Avon and Somerset Constabulary's Dog Training Unit.
As a result of the positive relationship that the school has
with local police, the school was approached by the police's Dog
Training Unit and has agreed to become an outreach training centre
for the search dog team.
This will involve the school site being used for training the
dogs, mainly in the evenings, weekends and school holidays, although
once a month the dogs will spend an afternoon in the school.
The dogs are trained to search premises, vehicles and open spaces
and dog trainer PC Lee Webb said that "the school provides
an excellent facility for the dogs".
Headteacher Andy Owen told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are delighted
to build on our strong relationships with the police and to act
as a training base for the search dog unit."
"As a school we will benefit through police contributions
to assemblies and to the curriculum especially our sixth form
BTEC course in Public Services which we are launching in September."
He added: "The presence of the search dogs will also act
as a deterrent. We are unapologetic in that we have a zero-tolerance
policy on drugs and that anyone bringing illegal substances onto
the school site will be dealt with most severely."
Pictured: Andy Owen, Headteacher, with PC Lee Webb, police
dog trainer, and Jake, a search dog