Woof, woof! What do we have ’ere?
● 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