Could your dog search for missing people?

The photo shows the three new dogs and handlers that were recruited from the course who started their training with ALSAR search Dogs Sussex at the end of 2012. The handler and dogs from left to right are Gary Maidment and Rosie, Gemma Yates and Murphy, James Leslie and Bella.

The photo shows the three new dogs and handlers that were recruited from the course who started their training with ALSAR search Dogs Sussex at the end of 2012. The handler and dogs from left to right are Gary Maidment and Rosie, Gemma Yates and Murphy, James Leslie and Bella.

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A course which trains dogs and their owners to help police search for missing people is starting next month.

Volunteer search team ALSAR Search Dogs Sussex is starting training courses in March for dogs and their owners to learn some of the skills needed to help police search for missing people across the county.

Chief Superintendent Paul Morrison, from Sussex Police’s Operations Department, said, “The volunteers at ALSAR Search Dogs Sussex are an incredibly important resource for us here at Sussex Police when we are searching for people who have been reported missing.

“Often when someone is reported missing there is a large area for police to search and groups such as this make themselves available at all times of the day and night to help us cover a lot of ground quickly.

“The members and their dogs receive extensive training to find missing people, and as such provide a unique capability which enables them to support police efficiently and effectively freeing up officers to carry out other tasks during the search.”

Miranda Batterbee, proprietor of Sussex County Dog Training and Secretary to ASLAR Search Dogs Sussex, said, “The courses in 2012 were really successful and we are thrilled to be taking on three excellent dogs from the courses for the team, as well as allowing a number of people who cannot commit to joining to have some great fun training with their dogs, while also raising money for the team.”

The courses start on April 2 and June 4 and run every Tuesday in the Chichester area for six weeks, costing £65.

ASLAR Search Dogs is also looking to recruit potential new search technicians who support the dog handlers by carrying out roles such as navigation, radio communication and first aid.

To find out more information about the training or what the group does visit www.lsdogs-sussex.org.uk

To book a place on one of the courses contact Nina at Sussex County Dog Training on 01243 697202 or email nina@sussexcountydogtraining.co.uk