Police dog Sidney visits students at Northwich College Date published: 30th April 2018 3.47pm

Warrington & Vale Royal College was home to an adorable boy in blue on Thursday when police dog Sidney visited his patch to help reinforce the college’s zero tolerance policy on drug use.

Springer Spaniel Sidney – from Cheshire and North Wales Police Dog unit - visited the Hartford campus as part of a partnership between the force and the college, aimed at stopping the use of drugs by young people in the area.

It’s not the first time students will have seen adorable Sidney, with the canine patrolling his patch regularly. Students in Warrington also have their very own police dog, Rufus, who visits the campus at least four times a year.

Stephanie Crane, Personal Development, behaviour & Welfare Manager at the college, said: “It’s important for the police to have a presence at the college and this co-operative partnership means we’re able to have that.

“It’s a preventative partnership aimed at stopping drug use in the first place. We have a zero tolerance policy on drug use here at Warrington & Vale Royal College. Having visits from Sidney and Rufus and the police helps to promote this.”

Alex Haskell, Community Support Officer for Hartford and Greenbank added: “This is a great example of the partnership work that we regularly undertake to tackle drug related activity in our local community.

“Hartford is home to a large number of schools and colleges, and we work closely with them. We’re not here to catch people out; this is about educating young people about the dangers of illegal drugs and the associated consequences.”