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Police sniffer dogs

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour

How many police sniffer dogs are there across London now, and how many were there in 2010?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

As of September 2019, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) currently has in service:

44       Explosive Search Dogs

13       Standalone Firearms Search Dogs #

46       Drugs / Currency / Firearms Detection Dogs

12       Forensic Evidence Search Dogs *

2         Digital Media Detection Dogs +

Data for 2010 are not available as the MPS did not have computerised records and historical information has not been retained following a dog’s retirement from service.

# Standalone firearms search dogs are deployed to protective security operations.

* Forensic Evidence Search dogs are trained to find human remains, blood, bones, teeth, semen and products of animal origin (e.g. rhino horn etc). Of these, eight are trained to work with the Marine Support Unit on water for location of submerged remains.

+ Digital Media Detection dogs are trained to locate digital media such as USB sticks, memory cards, SIM cards, hard drives and mobile phones.