An area of the 139-hectare Rugeley Power Station site is to be made available to Staffordshire Police for specialist training of police dogs in the constabulary’s Dog Support Unit. The dog training will take place in the first quarter of 2019.
The collaboration with Staffordshire Police follows the recent announcement that ENGIE will retain ownership and a long-term interest at the site – acting as master developer to transform the former coal-fired power station into a new, sustainable community.
As the site is already secured from public access it provides an ideal venue for the firearms support dog training that will be carried out there.
The Dog Support Unit is part of Staffordshire Police’s Tactical Support Department, providing support to operational officers during live incidents and pre-planned operations. The dogs are specially trained to work in one of four areas – general purpose, drugs, cash or explosives.
Chris Riches, ENGIE’s development project manager, commented: “We are pleased to be able to work with Staffordshire Police to enable them to use the secure site to host police dog training, supporting the important policing work they do. This is one way in which we can bring the land back into temporary use before planning is finalised for the future of the site. Increased police activity on the site will also help to reinforce our existing security measures.”
PC Mark Sharrock, of the Staffordshire Police Dog Support Unit said “We welcome the opportunity to make temporary use of the facility to carry out this essential training within a large, secure environment.”