More than 100 Public Services students from Bridgwater College were recently introduced to Police dogs and handlers from Avon and Somerset Police to find out more about their roles in the community.
PC Steve Hopwood brought along two Police dogs, Zena and drug search dog Ria, to show the students how the dogs are trained, handled and used by the Police in day to day situations. The students watched a demonstration by the dogs, which involved students Ben Squires, Sophie Cooper and Lauren Norman all becoming 'criminals' and being chased and caught by Police dog Zena. Sophie Cooper said,
“It was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, I wouldn’t want to be chased and caught for real!”
Ruth Burrows, Lecturer in Public Services said,
“It was a great insight for the students. We are now working together with the Police in the hope of involving the students to help train the new police puppies as they begin their career as fully fledged working police dogs.”