If there’s a criminal in town call on the COPS – or ‘Canines on Patrol’ – who police are now looking to involve in the fight against crime.
A new initiative from Lincolnshire Police will encourage dog walkers to report any suspicious activity they spot when outside with their pets.
An event to launch the COPs scheme, and promote the authority’s Lincs Alert community messaging service, is being held on the weekend of February 2-3, at Witham Country Park, Tattershall Road, Boston, 9.30am-2pm.
Pcso David McPherson, who is behind the scheme, said: “Dog walkers are a section of the community who are in an excellent position to spot suspicious activity. Dog owners tend to be out walking their pets late at night or early in the morning and often follow the same route so are able to easily spot when something is amiss or out of the ordinary.
“In the past, they have spotted signs of drug offences, criminal damage, robberies and thefts. You name it, they’ve seen it.”
Police, the anti-social behaviour team from Boston Borough Council, RSPCA and a local vet will be in attendance offering a dog micro-chipping service.
Those signing up to the Lincs Alert scheme will be entered into a prize draw or dog gifts from Pets and Home and Animal Magic.