Essex Police Dog Watch


Dog Watch is an Essex Police led scheme.  The aim is simple: it is to encourage Dog owners and walkers to be the additional eyes, ears and paws within the community and be part of the extended policing family.   Dog owners and walkers are familiar with the area they live and have the opportunity to spot anything out of place or suspicious whilst walking the dog.   Dog walking takes place at all times - early morning, during the day and late at night.  It is during these times that suspicious activity maybe noted.   Dog owners also have the opporutnity to report anything suspicious whilst walking further afield on days out, or whilst out and about enjoying the countryside ...
Take the lead and join Dog Watch:

The scheme works in much the same way as other Watch schemes in the county, and calls for dog walkers to contact the police or partnership agencies to report suspicious activity or concerns, such as the ones listed below.

Dog Watch helps by improving communication between owners / walkers and the police who have a keen interest in helping to reduce and prevent crime, and help to keep the areas in which you live, work or visit - cleaner and safer places to enjoy.

You may note the following whilst walking the dog and you are encouraged to actively report any concerns:
  • Suspicious activity / vehicles
  • Graffiti / vandalism
  • Nuisance vehicles / speeding
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Fly-tipping
  • Dog fouling
  • Hare-coursing
  • Dog related incidents
  • Abandoned vehicles
Dog Watch also encourages responsible dog ownership locally and in the countryside.

Join Dog Watch

When you sign up as a member you will also be signed up to the Essex Community Messaging System which will keep you updated with news and events, plus members will receive an information pack.

Essex Police are now working in collaboration with DogLostUK.  DogLost are the UK's largest free lost and found dog service.  Visit

For more information on the Essex Police Dog Watch and how to join click here.


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