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May force be with Pupidol hopefuls

YOUNG pups from the Pol­ice training centre, at Balsall Common, are battling it out for a career in the force.

YOUNG pups from the Pol­ice training centre, at Balsall Common, are battling it out for a career in the force.

Since May, West Midlands Pol­ice have been posting videos of the canine contenders on their website.

And the clips have proved to be a huge hit with local people – who are all anxiously waiting to see which of the lively litter will make the grade.

The dogs are now three months old, and will shortly be leaving the centre to join ‘puppy walkers’ from around the region.

Chief Inspector Mark Payne said: “We don’t know which of the puppies will actually make it as police dogs at this stage.

“They’ve still got a long way to go, so people can watch their progress, and make up their own minds about which ones will qualify to become operational police dogs. Oh, and don’t worry, we always look after the ones who don’t make the grade.”

The first videos were posted earli­er this year on the force’s main website, and ‘YouTube.’ But their ‘popularity’ has led to the launch of a dedicated, interactive, website.

To follow the dogs on their journey go to www.west-midlands.police.uk/pupidol/.

 

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