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Dog walkers helping to detect crime

Canines on Patrol police event at Witham Bank Country Park, Tattershall Road, Boston.
Leigh Hanson of Boston with his dog Snowy 12. ENGEMN00120130402111246

Canines on Patrol police event at Witham Bank Country Park, Tattershall Road, Boston. Leigh Hanson of Boston with his dog Snowy 12. ENGEMN00120130402111246

A scheme to get dog walkers involved in helping to detect crime and anti-social behaviour is set to take to the coast.

The Canine’s on Patrol scheme (COPs), run by Lincolnshire Police, as part of its series of Watch Schemes, asks walkers to notify police about anything suspicious they see when walking their dogs.

COPs has run in Boston for a year and the force wants to extend it to Skegness with a launch on Monday, May 12.

PCSO Dave McPherson, who runs the Boston initiative, said it’s ‘an extra pair of eyes and ears’.

He said: “Most people walk the dog in the same place day in, day out, so they are much more likely to notice something strange – vehicles that weren’t there before, people, objects – and let us know.”

An information event is set to take place at Tattershall Road Country Park on June 7 and June 8.

 

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