Residents in Bromsgrove and Rubery are being called to back a new campaign for a change in the law to protect police dogs on the front line.Oh, really? How?
In the eyes of the law police dogs are considered as 'property' so anyone who attacked or killed one would only face a criminal damage charge - the same charge someone would receive for kicking a car.Oh, wait. I see where this is going now.
Dave Hibbert, a West Midlands police puppy walker and the chairman of the Retired West Midlands Police Dog Benevolent Fund, has now launched an online Ministry of Justice petition. In total 100,000 signatures are needed before the matter can be taken to Parliament.
Mr Hibbert is calling for a change to the law so police dogs can be recognised as serving 'members' of the force, in the same way officers are.Yes, it’s the demand for ‘first class status’ for service animals.
Your pet? Your neighbour’s farmyard animal? Second-class, and don’t you forget it!
Mr Hibbert said police dogs did a fantastic job protecting our communities on a daily basis.
"They are the first to be called in when dangerous situations occur and they often put themselves on the line to protect their fellow officers.
"One of my own puppies, police dog Usha, was once attacked with a glass bottle and there have been recent examples of other police dogs being assaulted by criminals too.
"There seems to be a growing trend of attacks on police dogs and horses and I feel now is the time to push for a law change recognising the sterling work police dogs do for their communities," he added.Given the notorious laxness of the justice system when it comes to attacks on police officers, what real difference would this make? Other than to create yet another example of 'they are better than us' syndrome...