South Yorkshire Police is gearing up to welcome some new recruits - of the furry, four-legged type.
Two litters of puppies are due to be born at South Yorkshire Police’s dog training school, on Niagara Road, Wadsley Bridge.
The force is now calling for members of the public to act as foster carers for the dogs.
The volunteer puppy walkers look after the dogs from when they are eight-weeks-old until they are about 18-months-old.
The puppy will then be handed back to the force to begin its intense training to become a fully-fledged police dog.
The puppy walkers are responsible for their dog’s daily health and care, providing basic training and keeping a daily log to record the pup’s progress.
Harry Morton, dog training manager at South Yorkshire Police, said: “Police dogs are important members of the policing family and are a great asset to the force; the bringing up of future police dogs is vitally important.
“Not only do they need a fantastic work ethic and ability, they also need to be raised in an environment which encourages a good mix of ability, sound temperament, bravery, determination and confidence.
“We need people to look after their puppies and nurture them through their young lives - before they embark upon their life as a police dog.
“This is a challenging but rewarding job and I would urge anyone who is interested to get in touch for further information.”
n To find out more about becoming a puppy walker contact Harry Morton on 0114 2964941/93.