Ward Security has invested close to £500,000 in a new kennel facility which will see the bespoke security provider further extend the services of its dog section.
The new facility in Stockbury, near Maidstone, has 20 kennels with planning permission for a further 20, as well as a three-bedroom bungalow on site that the Rochester-based company plans to convert into offices.
Ward Security is already one of the leading providers of security dog services in the UK. Not only does it supply dogs for general purpose patrol duties, but its explosive and narcotics dogs section often assist the Metropolitan Police in their searches.
The new kennel facility gives Ward Security the ability to expand its current training provision as well as being able to offer residential training courses to people in the UK and overseas.
The company also plans to start its own breeding programme, providing additional opportunities to grow the company’s dog business.
“We will now be able to kennel and breed our own dogs and this significantly expands our facilities,” said Ward Security managing director David Ward.
“We want to be the number one dog company in the country and this significant investment reinforces our position as one of the market leaders, if not the leader.”
The new facility will be headed up by Ali Tod, a retired senior instructor at the Metropolitan Police Dog Training School. In his role as an instructor with the Met, before which he’d served 22 years with the City of London Police, Ali has seen dogs in action for more than 20 years.
The new facility will enable Ward Security to further enhance its team of handlers and recruit new trainers. The company currently employs nearly 30 dogs and handlers and is already planning further contract expansion.
The new kennel facility is expected to be operational by October 1st. “We are very excited about the opportunity this provides,” said David Ward. “Ward Security has always been a leader in terms of implementing new technologies and ensuring it is at the forefront in terms of accreditation and certification.
“We are never content to rest on our laurels and this move will significantly enhance our service offering for our dogs section. We are very excited about this opportunity and look forward to seeing how the new facility develops.”