SPECIALIST police dogs have been back at school for a special session with pupils.

Durham Constabulary’s police dogs visited St George’s Primary School, in Middleton St George, on Friday, November 30, for a series of working police dog sessions with 90 year six pupils.

The visit was part of a series of events which also saw a school trip for the children to Barns, home to the force’s dog support unit, where they experienced a day in the life of a working police dog with Jet and Ben and their handler Claire Kerr.

The dog training activities are designed to help introduce children to the Junior Neighbourhood Watch scheme, which has been set up for nine to 11 year-olds and aims to highlight the negative impact of crime and anti-social behaviour on communities and raise awareness of personal safety.

Janine Duffin, youth issues officer in the force’s partnerships department, said: “The children always respond positively to the police dogs and so these sessions are popular with the youngsters, as well as helping to promote the aims of Junior Neighbourhood Watch.”