Police in Skegness are calling on the help of four-legged friends and their owners with the launch of Canines On Patrol (COPs).
Following the success of the scheme in other areas, Lincolnshire Police have decided to expand the initiative here.
Due to go live on Monday, May 12, COPs calls on dog walkers to keep a look out for anything that seems out of the ordinary and to feed that information back to the police.
The aims are:
l To provide crime reduction advice to enable members to be aware of current incidents and operations.
l To collate and act upon information received from members and other partners.
l To enable members to safeguard their animals and personal possessions
COPs members receive a welcome pack containing suspicious activity report cards as well as advice on how you can help your local police and what to look out for.
PCSO Dave Bunker, from Skegness Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Dog walkers are a section of the community who are in an excellent position to spot suspicious activity and to report those suspicions to the police.
“Dog owners tend to be out walking their pets late at night or early in the morning and often follow the same route so are able to easily spot when something is amiss or out of the ordinary. COPs is all about local residents looking after the area where they live and giving the community a means of communication to share latest alerts and crime prevention advice.”
Dog walkers interested in finding out more can collect an information pack from Skegness Police Station.
Further details about the launch ‘event’ are due to be released closer to the time. But between now and then local vets, dog groomers and pet shops will also be displaying COPs literature on their counters.