Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
RAF Police Dogs
the start of 2005 the British Royal Air Force Police had been working with
dogs for 60 years forming a very special and successful relationship.
Chances are, if you told anyone you were in the RAF Police they would
invariably want to know all about your dog, assuming that every member of
the branch is issued with one on appointment; such is their notoriety.
1942, at the height of World War II, Lieutenant Colonel Baldwin formed the
Ministry of Aircraft Production Guard Dog School (MAPGDS) at Woodfold near
Gloucester, turning out professionally trained RAF dog handlers which in
turn released hundreds of men for war duties who had previously been
employed as guards. In 1944 the MAPGDS was absorbed by the RAF Police and
re-titled as the RAF Police Dog Training School.
the RAF Police Dog Demonstration Team appeared for the first time at
the Royal Tournament in London and became an instant public success.
In 1957 the first annual RAF Police Dog
Championship Trials were held at Netheravon. In
1969 the Dog Demonstration Team covered
8,000 miles around the USA and Canada giving 65 public performances in 23
cities and became a favourite at every venue. The RAF began training dogs to
detect illicit drugs in 1970 and later trained dogs to detect firearms and
explosives. Soon after, HM Customs & Excise began using RAF Police drug
detection dogs against smugglers. In 1991, in line with defence reviews, RAF
Police dog training merged with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps at Melton
Mowbray and the Defence Animal Centre was formed.
some, the life of a RAF Police dog handler may seem glamorous, but in
reality the job demands a lot. The men and women who volunteer, do so
because they love the challenge of working with dogs even though a
considerable amount of their time is given up to the training and welfare of
their charges. In 60 years, the Royal Air Force Police have earned a glowing
reputation both at home and abroad for their high standard of training dog
teams and for their highly professional use of dogs for patrol duties as
well as in specialist roles. RAF Police dogs on loan to HM Customs &
Excise have since 1971 recovered illicit drugs with a street value of many
millions of pounds and represent the worst nightmare
scenario for smugglers.
is the first time that the story of RAF Police dogs has been told. This
unique book will be of interest to anyone interested in military history;
RAF history; police-work; the training and use of dogs for police and
security operations, or anyone who merely likes dogs. The author (Stephen
R Davies) served with
the RAF Police for 25 years and was frequently responsible for the overall
management of dog sections under his control. Furthermore,
since 1994 he has been researching the complex history of the Royal Air
Force Police since its formation on the 1st April 1918. His first
Justitia – A History of the Royal Air Force Police, was published
in April 1997.
or I’ll Release my Dog – RAF Police Dogs on Patrol,
is being published by Woodfield Publishing
Limited, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 5EL, United Kingdom. Tel: 01243
821234 Fax: 01243 821757. This
book will be available in November 2005 and further
information about ordering it may be obtained by checking the publishers’
or by e-mailing them: firstname.lastname@example.org
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