A RECRUITING drive has been launched - for four-legged crimefighters.
West Yorkshire Police's Dog Section is looking
for at least 10 male German Shepherd dogs aged between six months and two years to be put through their paces to see if they are suitable to join the force full-time.
The dogs go through an assessment period - then if they are selected, they spend their time with one officer, both at work and home.
Usually the officer will work with the dog throughout its career and even when the dog retires, it remains with its handler.
Dogs are used in tracking and detaining suspects, searching and general patrol duties.
Pc Ray Stevens from the Dog Section said: "We are looking for a number of qualities in the dogs such as confidence and personality, but also the ability to play.
"All the training is based around play and the dogs are taught many different skills such as obedience, agility and distance control.
"Dogs that join West Yorkshire Police are guaranteed an excellent quality of life both at work and the handler's home."