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Dog Development Officer

210000DE Requisition #

Grade : Grade 4

Salary:  £22,599 to £26,016

Closing Date: 15th August 2021


About the role

West Midlands Police Dog Unit has one of the largest & most successful Puppy Development Programmes.

As part of our Puppy Development Programme, we are looking to recruit a Dog Development Officer to support the ongoing success of the programme.

Reporting to the Chief Instructor, the successful candidate will work alongside our growing team, which includes our Business Support team, NPCC Police Dog Instructors, our in house Veterinary Nurse & our Kennel Attendant team.

Main Purpose Of The Dog Development Officer

The Dog Development Officer will be responsible for training a selected group of dogs, to a defined standard, over an allocated timescale. This would generally be a group of 6 dogs, over a 4-8 week training period, in a range of skills from General Purpose to Detection.

During this allocated training period, the Dog Development Officer will also be responsible for the daily care of the dogs; including kennel cleaning, enrichment, exercise & feeding.

The Dog Development Officer will assist in maintaining high levels of cleanliness & hygiene of the kennelling & whelping facilities. Whilst also providing exercise, training & enrichment to Police Dogs who are in kennels.

As part of our Puppy Development Programme, the Dog Development Officer will support volunteers & deliver continuation training to both volunteers & dogs coming through the programme.

The Dog Development Officer will also provide support to the Puppy Development Programme by assisting with matings & the whelping of puppies.

Key Responsibilities

  • Train & develop dogs within WMP Dog Unit
  • Support volunteers undergoing the Puppy Development Programme
  • Ensure high levels of cleanliness & hygiene of the kennelling & whelping facilities
  • Provide enrichment & exercise to Police Dogs whilst in kennels
  • Provide support to Puppy Development Programme with training, matings & whelping
  • Available to be on call to assist in the delivery of puppies (rota basis)
  • Undertake health & safety risk assessments and administer first aid if required
  • Undertake general clerical duties & maintain computer records.
  • Complete tasks be allocated by the Chief Instructor & other supervision

Knowledge & Experience


  • To have completed dog training related courses/qualifications & maintained an ongoing level of Continued Professional Development
  • To have extensive knowledge of all elements of Police Dogs (General Purpose & Detection)
  • To have extensive experience of training dogs in all elements of Police Dog work (General Purpose & Detection)
  • To have knowledge of the Kong Imprinting Methodology
  • Possess a full UK Driving Licence
  • Possess “First Aid At Work” (Can be obtained once in post)


  • To have experience of working with volunteers
  • To have experience of whelping/hand rearing



  • To be able to train dogs to a specified & assessed standard (e.g competition agility/obedience/protection)
  • To be able to deliver training to groups & individuals
  • To be able to work with minimal supervision & use own initiative
  • To be able to show a high level of flexibility
  • To have basic IT skills (Microsoft Office applications)


  • To have an analytical mind to identify problem solving solutions
  • To be a dynamic, motivated individual who seeks a challenging role in Police Dogs
  • To demonstrate networking & relationship building skills

Appointment to this role will be dependent upon successfully passing vetting and medical checks, which may include a drugs test and if required a fitness test.

West Midlands Police is a Disability Confident Leader - the highest level an organisation can achieve under the scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions.  As part of our commitment we operate a ‘Disability Confident Interview Scheme’ - all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be offered an interview. 

It is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practicable or appropriate to interview all disabled people who meet the essential criteria for the job. For example: in certain recruitment situations such as high-volume, seasonal and high-peak times, the employer may wish to limit the overall numbers of interviews offered to both disabled people and non-disabled people. In these circumstances, the employer could select the candidates who best meet the essential criteria for the job, as they would do for non-disabled applicants.

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