The Dog Welfare Lay Visitor Scheme appoints members of the local community to observe and report the conditions under which police dogs are trained, transported, deployed and cared for.
The primary function of the scheme is to protect the policing dogs. In so doing it provides Essex Police with an independent monitoring body that will advise and make recommendations about the care of animals. The visitors will also provide reassurance to the community.
The scheme is run by the Police and Crime Commissioner, and the visitors inspect the working conditions of the dogs and provide reports back to the PCC.
The PCC is delighted that the Dogs Trust has agreed to provide training to the Dog Welfare Lay Visitor volunteers.
If you would like to apply to be a volunteer member of the Dog Welfare Lay Visitor scheme, please contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, by emailing:
Or calling: 01245 291605
You can read or download the Job Description and application form for becoming a Dog Welfare Lay Visitor below:
If your enquiry relates to operational policing or a crime please contact Essex Police here