ACPO comment on government consultation on dangerous dogs
ACPO responds to the government's announcement that there will be a consultation on tackling irresponsible dog ownership
ACPO lead for dangerous dogs, Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard, said:
“Police officers are all too familiar with the serious injuries, and sometimes graver consequences, inflicted by dangerous dogs. What is worse for victims and their families following such attacks, is that there are limitations to what police can achieve, particularly when attacks occur in a private place. Proposals to extend police powers to protect those people who are lawfully entitled to be on a property are a welcome step forward.
“It is in the police service’s interest to tackle the problem of dangerous dogs, not only due to the serious injuries that such dogs can cause but also because kennelling dogs can be a significant drain on police resources. ACPO will be submitting a response to the consultation and looks forward to working with Defra on proposals so that communities are better protected, owners are more accountable for the actions of their dogs and the welfare of animals is improved.”
Notes to Editors
A link to the consultation is here
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The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is an independent, professionally led strategic body. In the public interest and, in equal and active partnership with Government and partner agencies, ACPO leads and co-ordinates the direction and development of the police service in the United Kingdom. In times of national need ACPO, on behalf of all chief officers, co-ordinates the strategic policing response.
ACPO’s 295 members consist of 213 chief police officers from the home forces of assistant chief constable rank (commanders in the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police) and above, plus 55 senior police staff members from the 44 forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Non home forces such as British Transport Police have 24 chief police officer members and there are three members from the Service Police.