Prisons: Dogs

Justice written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the outcome was of the national strategic review of the deployment of sniffer dogs throughout the prison estate.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (also in Government Equalities Office), Minister of State (Government Equalities Office) (also in the Ministry of Justice)

In his report 'Disrupting the supply of illicit drugs into prisons' David Blakey recommended that the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) establish an internal review to determine whether drug detection dogs and their handlers are distributed effectively around the prison estate, and that the management processes for handlers are robust. The Government accepted this and all of David Blakey's other recommendations.

NOMS has now undertaken a review of the distribution and management of drug detection dogs. Further work is ongoing.

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