Police Dog Handler

Police Dog Handler

Public Sector

As a dog handler, you would work with a specially trained dog and have responsibility for its care and control. You would work mainly for the police, the army and RAF, HM Revenue and Customs service, or private security firms. You and your dog will work as a team, helping to prevent and detect crime, finding lost or missing persons or protecting property, depending on the service you work for.

Personal skills

Need to be working in the service before becoming a dog handler, Experience of caring for dogs, patienc, self-confidence, the ability to work with minimum supervision, good observational skills.


£20,000 to £26,000 per year

Key skills




Public Sector

  • Over 6 million people work in the UK's public sector
  • The public sector includes the police, teachers, doctors, the army and civil servants
  • Public transport, the Ministry of Defence and local and central government are all part of the public sector
  • The NHS is the largest employer in the UK with over 1.3 million employees
  • The Ministry of Defence is the UK's second largest employer with over 400,000 employees