DEPUTY Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa is backing a petition for a change in the law that could protect police dogs from attack.
Mr Dhindsa said: “Attacking a police officer is treated as a serious crime, but there are no laws in place to specifically protect against attacks on police dogs.
“At the moment, an assault against a police dog is merely treated as criminal damage and I don’t think that’s right.
“Thankfully, in Derbyshire it is rare to hear of a serious assault on police dogs, but they are obviously at risk of being hit or kicked as they carry out their duties.
“I support this petition and urge members of the public to sign up too.”
More information on signing the petition is available online at www.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/57585