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THESE young pups from the police training centre at Balsall Common will soon be competing for a career in the force.

THESE young pups from the police training centre at Balsall Common will soon be competing for a career in the force.

And dog-lovers will be able to follow the litter every step of the way, thanks to the video clips which West Midlands Police will be posting online.

The footage will follow the canine cadets throughout the selection process and right through to the point when the best candidates become operational dogs.

David Raymond, dog trainer at the Balsall Common centre, said: “There are always one or two in the litter who break your heart but you have to be fair and even-handed to ensure we get the best dogs for the job.

“Around 90 per cent make the grade but there are some who don’t and that can be very upsetting. We always find them lovely family homes though.”

The German Shepherds were born last month and will have to meet the highest standard as West Midlands Police has a reputation for training some of the best animals in the country.

You will be able to watch the eleven hopefuls on Youtube or by going to www.west-midlands.police.uk and clicking on PCTV.

Police dog factfile

* The Balsall Common training centre was opened in 1995.

* German Shepherds are the most common breed of police dog – although there are a small number of Rottweilers.

* Dogs and handlers complete an initial 12 week course. The animal is taught to follow scents and search for hidden people and property.

 

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