‘Pawsome’ work by search dog Roscoe to help fight crime

Police dog Roscoe has helped the police with 300 searches in 2021

‘Pawsome’ work by search dog Roscoe to help fight crime

Humberside Police search dog Roscoe completed 300 searches in 2021 as he helped fight crime in Lincolnshire.

Working predominantly in Scunthorpe, Roscoe has been vital to helping local officers tackle the supply and possession of drugs across the community.

He has supported targeted patrols, drugs warrants and stop searches and has helped find and seize drugs, aiding the arrests of those suspected of committing crime.

Since joining patrols in January 2021, Roscoe has seen a total of 300 people stopped and searched under section 23 of the misuse of drugs act.

18 arrests have been made on suspicion of offences including robbery, possession of drugs with intent to supply and possession of a blade, among others.

A total of 19 Cannabis warnings were issued to people in these searches.

10 Youth Offending referrals, nine summons to court and two Traffic Report Offence reports were issued as well.

PC Lee Watson, the dedicated Neighbourhood Policing Team officer for Town Ward of Scunthorpe said: “Dogs are a fantastic asset to our teams as they have specialist skills that are invaluable during patrols, searches and warrants.

“Suspects often find inventive hiding places for things that they do not want us to find, such as drugs, weapons and  cash, and where it may take our teams some time to search every inch of a car or building, a dog can do it in minutes.

“As part of our local Neighbourhood Policing activity we have been listening to feedback from our local communities and we understand their concerns around alcohol and drug related antisocial behaviour across the town centre.

“We recognise the impact this can cause and we are committed to taking proactive action – taking drugs off our streets and holding those responsible to account – keeping our communities safe.

“This work with search dog Roscoe is a great example of how we can work innovatively with partners and our local communities to take action against the issues they are telling us are causing them concern.

“I am already excited to see what we can achieve with support from our communities and Roscoe next year.”

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