Cadets at 1936 NEWTON Squadron have recently come to the assistance of Nottinghamshire Police in the recent winter spell. With weather temperatures dropping to an all time low, Police Sergeant Kay Staples of the Nottinghamshire Police Dog Section made an appeal on the police internal email system for officers and staff to donate old and unwanted blankets.
Wing Warrant Officer, WO (ATC) Rob Phillips and CI Darren Lenton both serve with Nottinghamshire Police and took the opportunity to launch an appeal within the squadron to help warm up the four legged crime fighters, who despite a ready made fur coat, needed the extra warmth while in the police kennels.
Within a short period of time, many blankets have been donated and on 16 February, SGT Staples and PC Tony Crowshaw attended the squadron to take delivery of the much-needed blankets. Accompanying the officers was Police Dog Raymond, who was on best, non-biting behaviour!
The two officers took the opportunity to take questions from the assembled cadets, and demonstrated their equipment, which apart from PD Raymond consists of C.S Spray, Baton and Taser. However, the officers explained, the best weapon they have, is the ability to speak to people. WO (ATC) Phillips said “This was an ideal opportunity for the unit to do something important and beneficial for the local police, which will also help build ties between us. I would also like to thank Cadets from 504 Squadron who also made a contribution”.
PS Staples added “We are grateful for the contribution, its brilliant!”.
By WO R.C. Phillips
1936 Squadron MCO & WWO