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NTIPDU petitions for licensing of dog handlers

NTIPDU : 12 May, 2008  (Company News)
Professional dog handlers training organisation petitions the SIA for licensing to be put in place.
The National Training Inspectorate for Professional Dog Users was incorporated as a limited company on the 23rd October 2002. It was formed as a result of the work carried out by the founding directors who discovered that there were no National Standards in place for dog handlers within the Security Industry at that time.

The NTIPDU has been fortunate to have had input from Government departments in developing the Level 2 course and standards contained within.

We have implemented a set of standards attainable by all, by keeping costs to a minimum enabling the handler to continue with training and retain employment concurrently.

Each NTIPDU trainer / instructor meets with the criteria laid down; this enhances the training of all new handlers. Once trained, the NTIPDU handler always has the support necessary from the Inspectorate itself, the Trainers and Instructors.

The NTIPDU has within its resources the ability to provide a 'pool' of trained dogs, to its members should their own dog be unable to continue for any reason, thus enabling the handler to continue with his/her employment.

The objective of the NTIPDU is to provide and maintain a totally committed service to the Security Industry and to promote and maintain professionalism in training and standards for instructors, trainers, handlers and dogs.

As the only Canine Training Organisation exhibiting at IFSEC 2008, the NTIPDU are launching a petition requesting the SIA to re think their views of this sector, to raise awareness and gain support in the fight to become licensed.

In this respect, the NTIPDU has gained centre status from awarding bodies such as Edexcel and ASET, and is actively working towards British Standard recognition for the canine sector.

With a growing amount of centres in the UK and Europe, the NTIPDU is fast becoming the organisation for the Security Dog Sector.

The industry is not 9-5 and nor is the NTIPDU. For the benefit of its members we work 24/7/365.

We believe that Dog Handlers need to be recognised and licensed by the SIA in order to regulate the canine sector and to ensure all dogs and handlers are trained to a set standard.

When questioned, the SIA stated that the dog is a tool, similar to a torch for the security operative to use whilst carrying out his duties. However, section 2 of The Guard Dogs Act 1975 states that "the handler of a guard dog shall keep the dog under his control at all times while it is being used as a guard dog at any premises - except :.

(a) while another handler has control over the dog : or
(b) while the dog is secured so that it is not at liberty to go freely about the premises "

A licensed security operative has to undergo training to use CCTV equipment and understand conflict management but does not have to receive the correct training to control a dog.

In the Police "order of use" the dog is one step beneath a firearm, they receive regular training, and are licensed before they become operational.

We are not looking to the Police to license the security dog sector as their resources are stretched to capacity, we are looking to our own industry regulators.
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