Police dogs descend on Balsall Common in numbers

Reconstruction of dogs making their "descent"

Police dogs were witnessed out in force in Balsall Common’s village centre today under the guidance of handlers carrying out spot checks on shoppers as they went about their business. The move, which shocked regular shoppers, included visits to a number of commercial premises including the One-Stop.

Today’s surprise move is thought to form part of a number of initiatives West Midlands Police have implemented to work more closely with community groups in tackling local issues such as anti-social behaviour, underage drinking and drug abuse.

What do you think of today’s move? Did you witness it? Let us know in the comments field below or over on our Balsall Common Facebook page: