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  Cheeky canines turn crime fighters
Updated 22 January 2002, 17.56
Ralph the spaniel at work
Naughty dogs are being recruited by the police to help in their fight against drugs, bombs and fake money.

Police are on the look out for pet pooches who prove to be a bit of a handful, to train them up to sniff out crime.

They need attention

Ralph the spaniel
Ralph the spaniel

Dogs like Ralph, a spaniel, didn't get on very well with his owners because he needs a lot of attention.

"He was bored and he was a bit too lively for them", said a police trainer Ian McParland.

Now he's joined the police force and has started his new life as a sniffer dog.

Second chance

Every year hundreds of dogs get given to dog homes because they need more looking after than people realise.

This is a chance for these cheeky canines to put their energy to good use.

There's 30 places for new recruits with a good nose. If you think your dog might be happier in a career as a crime fighter, call the Dog Procurement Officer on 020 8649 1626.

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