Commissioner Welcomes Support for PD Finn
David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, has welcomed the huge public support for the injured Herts police dog Finn.

A petition calling for greater equality between Police animals and officers in the eyes of the law has reached over 100,000 signatures. It was launched hours after the incident involving PD Finn and could now be debated in parliament.

Whilst the details of the case are now the subject of a criminal trial, David Lloyd says what is not in doubt is the bravery of PD Finn and his handler PC Dave Wardell.

“We fully embrace the sentiment behind this petition and support more recognition of the work police animals do. Finn is a credit to the service and has been a huge part of the team, not just on this occasion.”

“Whilst we cannot talk about the circumstances of the most recent incident involving Finn (because of the active criminal case), we are exploring ways to have his bravery appropriately recognised at the highest level.”

“Police dogs, and horses, do incredible work for the force and their handlers are a key part of our approach to policing Hertfordshire.”

David Lloyd says the language used in the law “doesn’t feel right” and that a greater understanding of the risks animals and handlers face is needed.

“Hopefully this petition will lead to a wider debate about the way we treat officers and animals when they are attacked. The recent parliamentary debate on attacks on officers shows the Home Office is prepared to listen to the arguments, which I welcome.”