Police dogs train at Clevedon School

PUBLISHED: 14:00 21 June 2018

Jim Smith and students with the police. Picture: Shane Dean

Jim Smith and students with the police. Picture: Shane Dean

Shane Dean

Clevedon School students have been making friends with police dogs Charlie and Marley.

The pupils came toe to paw with the brown cocker spaniel and liver and white springer spaniel from Avon and Somerset police on a number of occasions.

The pups use the school as one of their training bases, tasked with locating different scents which can then be used in a crime-based environment to track down anything from drugs to stolen property and missing people to weapons.

Their trainer, Police Constable Lee Webb, is based with the dogs at the nearby Wilfred Fuller VC Operational Training Centre as part of the tri-force specialist collaboration.

The school is well recognised in North Somerset for its work with the community and services and has hosted the police on a number of occasions.

Headteacher Jim Smith feels the animals have been a big hit.

He said: “These dogs have been very popular with staff and students.”

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