MILLER Homes Scotland has donated £500 towards the cost of a sculpture dedicated to all police dogs past and present in Scotland.
Emma Ralton, development sales manager for the housebuilder, visited Police Scotland’s dog training centre in Pollok Country Park to see where the memorial will be located. While there, PC Carrie-Ann McNab gave Emma a tour of the centre and introduced her to six-year-old German Shepherd, Bodie.
The sculpture of a Belgian Malinois police dog is being created by British sculptor John Doubleday, who has previously created artwork of Royals, musicians, and historical figures. He also created the UK Police Dog memorial in Chelmsford, which is where Carrie-Ann originally got the idea.
Carrie-Ann has been a police officer for 16 years and joined the Police Dog unit eight years ago. She’s had Bodie since he was just a year-old. She said, “I was lucky enough to attend the unveiling of the UK memorial sculpture in Essex after helping them fundraise. Seeing how much it meant to the officers inspired me to try to do something specifically for Scotland’s police dogs.
“We’re extremely grateful for Miller Homes support, and their donation has given our fundraising efforts a huge boost and put us well on track for unveiling the memorial in autumn 2022.”
There are approximately 200 serving police dogs in Scotland across all serving constabularies. The dogs play a crucial role in local community police work, including finding missing persons, sniffing for drugs and weapons. and catching criminals.
Peter Thomson, MD of Miller Homes Scotland, added, “At Miller Homes, we are committed to supporting the good causes in the communities we build in. The important work Police dogs undertake is invaluable to our communities, and we’re delighted to contribute to this memorial which will help them be remembered and celebrated for their outstanding work. I look forward to seeing the finished sculpture in situ.”