Donation helps bid to create police dog sculpture in Glasgow’s Pollok Country Park
A bid to create a sculpture dedicated to police dogs in Glasgow has received a boost with a £500 donation.
Miller Homes Scotland is supporting the Scottish Police Dog Memorial Fund with a £500 donation to help create a sculpture dedicated to all police dogs across Scotland, past and present, in Glasgow’s Pollok Country Park.
Emma Ralton, development sales manager for the Stoneyetts Village development in Moodiesburn, North Lanarkshire, visited the Police Scotland dog training center at Pollok Country Park to see exactly where the memorial will be located. While there, PC Carrie-Ann McNab showed Emma around the center and introduced her to Bodie, a six-year-old German Shepherd.
What will the sculpture be?
The sculpture of a Belgian Malinois police dog is created by British sculptor John Doubleday, who has created artworks around the world of famous royals, musicians and historical figures.
He also created the UK Police Dog Memorial in Chelmsford, where Carrie-Ann originally had 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 only a year old.
She said: ‘I was lucky enough to attend the unveiling of the UK Memorial Sculpture in Essex after helping them raise funds. Seeing how much this meant to officers inspired me to try and do something specifically for Scottish police dogs. We are extremely grateful for the support of Miller Homes, and their donation has given our fundraising efforts a huge boost and set us on track to unveil the memorial in the fall of 2022.”
There are around 200 police dogs on duty in Scotland across all the serving police forces: Police Scotland, Military Police, Transport Police and Civilian Nuclear Police. These highly trained dogs play a crucial role in local community policing work, including searching for missing persons, detecting drugs and weapons, and capturing criminals.
Peter Thomson, Managing Director of Miller Homes Scotland, said: “At Miller Homes we are committed to supporting good causes in the communities in which we build.
“The important work that police dogs undertake is invaluable to our communities, and we are delighted to contribute to this memorial which will help remember them and celebrate them for their exceptional work. I can’t wait to see the finished sculpture in situ.