Two Cleveland Police dogs to be destroyed following attacks

Two Cleveland Police dogs to be destroyed following attacks

Two Cleveland Police dogs to be destroyed following attacks

First published in News

A CLEVELAND police dog has been put down after biting a handler while another of its dogs will be destroyed after attacking a pensioner who died days later.

A member of police staff was treated in hospital after suffering bites to his lower arm. The incident happened at about 1.30pm on Thursday, August 14, inside the force’s kennels in North Ormesby, Middlesbrough.

Assistant Chief Constable, Sean White, said the dog was due to retire from duty in a month and has been put down after it failed a safety test following the incident.

“Bites to dog handlers and police staff do occur during the handling and training of dogs as by their nature, they can be unpredictable and are used in environments that involve large scale public order, criminal use of firearms and crowd control.

“Dog handlers and staff are trained to a high level in order to recognise behaviours.

“The matter has been referred to the Health and Safety Executive and the Force’s Professional Standards Department, as is normal procedure.”

He added: “The incident occurred away from the public and no members of the community were at risk.”

Meanwhile, a police dog searching for a drug suspect that savaged 73-year-old Irene Collins inside her Middlesbrough home on Penrith Road last month will be destroyed following a probe by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

On July 16 officers were searching for Mohammed Zakwan Rashid, 18, when the dog attacked Ms Collins who died on July 20 at the town's James Cook University Hospital.

Rashid later pleaded guilty to three charges at Teesside Crown Court and will be sentenced on September 3.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “A decision has been made by Cleveland Police that the police dog involved in the incident at Penrith Road on July 16 should be put down. As the IPCC investigation is continuing, it is appropriate to wait until all enquiries relating to the dog have been concluded prior to this action being taken."

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11:48am Thu 21 Aug 14

StanLaurels_CamelToe says...

Seems tragic really and it begs the question, is it the dog's fault or the handlers? Certainly the latter in my opinion. How will their incompetence be addressed? Given it's Cleveland probably a promotion and a payrise, after the initial incidents are swept under the rug of course.
Seems tragic really and it begs the question, is it the dog's fault or the handlers? Certainly the latter in my opinion. How will their incompetence be addressed? Given it's Cleveland probably a promotion and a payrise, after the initial incidents are swept under the rug of course. StanLaurels_CamelToe
  • Score: -7

11:51am Thu 21 Aug 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

Assistant Chief Constable, Sean White, is due to retire soon also, they should put him down, as he's a danger to other police officers.
Assistant Chief Constable, Sean White, is due to retire soon also, they should put him down, as he's a danger to other police officers. NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 8

11:53am Thu 21 Aug 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

StanLaurels_CamelToe wrote:
Seems tragic really and it begs the question, is it the dog's fault or the handlers? Certainly the latter in my opinion. How will their incompetence be addressed? Given it's Cleveland probably a promotion and a payrise, after the initial incidents are swept under the rug of course.
Very true, and White is really good at Sweeping (allegedly)
[quote][p][bold]StanLaurels_CamelToe[/bold] wrote: Seems tragic really and it begs the question, is it the dog's fault or the handlers? Certainly the latter in my opinion. How will their incompetence be addressed? Given it's Cleveland probably a promotion and a payrise, after the initial incidents are swept under the rug of course.[/p][/quote]Very true, and White is really good at Sweeping (allegedly) NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 7

1:07pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Only a bad workman blames his tool.
The handlers should be demoted - no doubt, however, and especially as as result of it being Cleveland - they will be promoted, given a pay rise, get a nice weekend away and probably - as is the way with many ex-incompetents, end up as Police Commissioners.
Stan - you are quite wrong to suggest it will be swept under the rug - this is Cleveland - the actions of the handlers will be applauded and probably toasted with a round of drinks - and possibly a party in the cells in which some poor unfortunate (civilian of course) will accidently die.
Only a bad workman blames his tool. The handlers should be demoted - no doubt, however, and especially as as result of it being Cleveland - they will be promoted, given a pay rise, get a nice weekend away and probably - as is the way with many ex-incompetents, end up as Police Commissioners. Stan - you are quite wrong to suggest it will be swept under the rug - this is Cleveland - the actions of the handlers will be applauded and probably toasted with a round of drinks - and possibly a party in the cells in which some poor unfortunate (civilian of course) will accidently die. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 2

2:58pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Bill_Teesside says...

Theres no such thing as a bad dog only bad owners, Seeing Cleveland police dogs are primarily attack dogs is there any real suprise, If this was a member of the public they would be hauled infront of the courts and sentenced heavily, In this case it is ultimately the handlers responsibility for the actions of there animal, I wonder if the Police handler will be prosecuted as a normal dog owner would be, I seriously doubt they will be, One law for all doesnt seem to count in cases were the police are involved
Theres no such thing as a bad dog only bad owners, Seeing Cleveland police dogs are primarily attack dogs is there any real suprise, If this was a member of the public they would be hauled infront of the courts and sentenced heavily, In this case it is ultimately the handlers responsibility for the actions of there animal, I wonder if the Police handler will be prosecuted as a normal dog owner would be, I seriously doubt they will be, One law for all doesnt seem to count in cases were the police are involved Bill_Teesside
  • Score: 6

10:35pm Thu 21 Aug 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
Only a bad workman blames his tool.
The handlers should be demoted - no doubt, however, and especially as as result of it being Cleveland - they will be promoted, given a pay rise, get a nice weekend away and probably - as is the way with many ex-incompetents, end up as Police Commissioners.
Stan - you are quite wrong to suggest it will be swept under the rug - this is Cleveland - the actions of the handlers will be applauded and probably toasted with a round of drinks - and possibly a party in the cells in which some poor unfortunate (civilian of course) will accidently die.
VOR sometimes you worry me.
You say it as it is, and also know HOW it is.
Joking aside, you really should go for Crime commissioner when Barrycopout's time is up.
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: Only a bad workman blames his tool. The handlers should be demoted - no doubt, however, and especially as as result of it being Cleveland - they will be promoted, given a pay rise, get a nice weekend away and probably - as is the way with many ex-incompetents, end up as Police Commissioners. Stan - you are quite wrong to suggest it will be swept under the rug - this is Cleveland - the actions of the handlers will be applauded and probably toasted with a round of drinks - and possibly a party in the cells in which some poor unfortunate (civilian of course) will accidently die.[/p][/quote]VOR sometimes you worry me. You say it as it is, and also know HOW it is. Joking aside, you really should go for Crime commissioner when Barrycopout's time is up. NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 1

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