SCOTLAND YARD has asked the owners of dogs destined to be rehomed to consider letting them join them in their war against drugs and drug dealers.
Police have said that dogs which have exhausted or exasperated their owners would make ideal candidates so their energies can be channelled into detection work. Most dogs working with police are now deployed in passive roles in which they stand and stare as they detect drugs or the smell of drugs.
The best workers are said to be cocker spaniels, springers and labradors aged between one and two years. It is thought the dogs would be trained in narcotics detection and also used to replace those retiring from the bomb squads.