Report online or call us on 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about policing or the law? You may be able to find the answer here.

Through our frequently asked questions section we aim to help you find the answers you need without having to call us to ask for information. We've provided answers to questions on a range of topics which are regularly asked of police forces up and down the country.

Download the Ask The Police app from the following app stores:

Get it on iTunes Get it on Google Play

There are two types of police dogs, a general-purpose dog and a drugs dog.

The general-purpose dogs are mainly German Shepherds and some Belgian Shepherds. The drugs dogs are mainly Springer Spaniels. There are also explosives dogs, which are Border Collies and Spaniels. The best age for the dogs is between 12 months and 24 months.

Other breeds of dogs are used for other purposes and it is advisable to contact your local police force for more details.

Current rating

1 2 3 4 5

Answers in this FAQ section are provided by the 'Ask the Police' website. Produced by the Police National Legal Database (PNLD) team, 'Ask the Police' is an official police site approved by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC). All FAQ answers are © PNLD.