Woof, woof! What do we have ’ere?

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● Dogs have been used for law en­force­ment since the Mid­dle Ages, when par­ish con­sta­bles kept blood­hounds to hunt crim­i­nals

● Pri­vate as­so­ci­a­tions, which were used to pre­vent crime in the 19th cen­tury, of­ten pro­vided men with dogs for pro­tec­tion

● The first at­tempt to use dogs for of­fi­cial po­lice work was in 1888, when the Met­ro­pol­i­tan po­lice com­mis­sioner tried us­ing blood­hounds to find Jack the Ripper. The mur­derer eluded the dogs, but the Met’s use of dogs con­tin­ued

● The Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice claims to be the first force to have an of­fi­cial dog sec­tion. In 1908, it in­tro­duced four Airedale ter­ri­ers to help of­fi­cers pa­trol Hull docks

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