§ Major Lloyd-George
The Metropolitan police began using six trained Labrador dogs in 1946. They were first used experimentally on the outskirts of London and later in Hyde Park. Subsequent experience has shown that dogs can be effectively employed in built-up areas, and the establishment in the Metropolitan police district has been increased by stages to 272. The actual strength is at present 150 dogs, of which the great majority are Alsatians. These dogs are used for a variety of purposes, including114W tracking at scenes of crime, searching premises to locate thieves, and the pursuit of fleeing criminals, as well as general preventive work on patrol. There can be no doubt that dogs have a valuable contribution to make to police work.