It’s a dog’s life, keeping people safe

PC Phil Healy and Harry patrol Northern stations, guarding against bomb threats.

Take Your Dog to Work Day is no great hardship if you are PC Phil Healy of the British Transport Police (BTP) – he does it every day.

Harry, a four-year-old Labrador, is a trained explosive search dog who patrols trains and stations across the northwest of England. He and Phil have been partners for three years and are based in Manchester.

Harry is one of 64 dogs currently on patrol with the British Transport Police.

PC Phil Healy, BTP.

Phil said: “We do regular patrols around Northern stations to keep all the travelling passengers safe as well as the staff.

“We always get a great reaction from the public lots of people – especially dog lovers – want to come and speak to us and meet the dogs.

“We want Northern’s customers to be reassured that we are keeping them safe while they are travelling on the railway.”

Harry is one of BTP’s 64-strong dog section, one of the largest in Britain. The dedicated police force for the railway – which was the first constabulary in the country to use dogs – now utilises general service dogs, explosive detection dogs, and drug detection dogs.

Chris Jackson, Northern.

Chris Jackson, regional director for Northern, added: “Our customers are at the heart of all we do and one of our priorities is to provide those customers with the safest possible rail network. The value of BTP’s dogs in helping provide this secure environment cannot be overestimated.

“We are extremely proud of the close ties we have with BTP and its comforting to know that Harry and other dogs like him are patrolling alongside their human companions to keep our customers and staff safe.”

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