Breed Scheme Officer

Birmingham, West Midlands
Band D Lower (£27,519- £33,597 per annum)
08 Feb 2018
25 Feb 2018
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Main Purpose of Role:

  • To assist the breed scheme manager with the running of the breeding program, development of young puppies and young dogs making sure WMP is self-sufficient in suitable dogs for handlers at all times and to generate income for the unit. Support all puppy walkers and brood bitch holders (200 + people)
  • Deliver instruction in Police Dog Training and Handler development in line with the current NPCC Police Dogs Manual of Guidance. To undertake health and safety risk assessments and administer first aid if required.
  • To undertake general clerical duties and maintain computer records. To assist with maintaining and record all training records, kennel club registrations, breeding documentation, puppy walking contracts sale forms and health screening requirements
  • To supervise and manage all students / volunteer puppy walkers engaged on courses / assessments.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To assist the breed scheme manager with the running of the breed program.
  • To advise and train all walkers and brood bitch holders, developing them in the role of puppy walking and young dog development (Socialisation and environmental training)
  • To develop all puppies and young Dogs
  • Develop and train young dogs daily that are housed at WMP kennels
  • To be on call and deliver expecting puppies
  • To conduct house visits for suitable puppy walkers
  • Vet liaison
  • NPCC Certified Police Dog Instructor (Once NPCC Qualification achieved)
  • To deliver police dog training in General Purpose and Specialist fields if required.
  • To develop handling skills and to assist in the selection of suitable staff.
  • To facilitate the positive and effective development of Police Dogs.
  • To assess Dog Unit Teams with regards to enquiries by PSD and Legal Services.
  • To liaise and negotiate the use of suitable venues for Police Dog Training.
  • The daily management of students and learning related challenges. 



Knowledge & Experience (including qualifications)


  • To achieve certification in NPCC Police Dog Instructors’ Course General Purpose Module as soon as practicable. (A retainer of service would be required following course attendance – period to be confirmed)
  • Attended / completed a trainer development program or achieved a pre-teaching certificate from a college or other academically recognised establishment (Minimum level 3 AET or equivalent)
  • A good understanding of breeding protocols, blood lines and the procurement of dogs.
  • Have a good understanding of canine behaviour.
  • To be experienced in young dog development/behaviour and puppy selection. 
  • Have basic IT skills (Word/Excel/email)
  • Full UK Driving licence.


  • Previous experience of Police Service puppy breeds schemes.
  • Experience with dealing with large groups of volunteers.
  • Animal Welfare Qualification
  • Veterinarian / dog first aid qualifications.
  • First Aid Qualification
  • Risk Assessment Qualification
  • To possess other teaching / assessors qualifications.
  • To have gained an NPCC General Purpose or specialist instructors course qualification.
  • Animal Behaviour Qualification.
  • Experience in Kennel Club good citizen training programs / assessments.
  • Whelping Experience.



  • Must possess integrity and professionalism at the highest standard
  • Must be a dynamic motivated individual who seeks a challenging role in Police Dog Training and able to work with minimal supervision.
  • To be able to evidence a good level of management ability.
  • Must possess a high level of flexibility.
  • Must have a good understanding of up to date training methods and be flexible in their attitude towards new training ideas.
  • Preferably should have the ability to utilise the Internet, understanding how it can enhance research into up to date training methods


  • Analytical mind to identify problem solving solutions