HC Deb 03 March 1981 vol 1000 c92W
Mr. Farr

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many search dogs are possessed by the Military Police; and what is their purpose, cost and breed.

Mr. Goodhart

The Royal Military Police possess five German shepherd dogs, one of which is trained to search for explosives and explosive devices. The others perform security, guard and general police patrol functions. When needed, the Royal Military Police can also call upon other military sources for trained dogs, of which there are about 1,200, and their handlers. A dog costs between £50 and £70 to buy.