Held at Priory Park Gardens, the open day featured a number of displays and various stalls. With nearly 10,000 visitors, the event was well attended, but it was the Ward Security dog team that got the biggest cheers – and the largest crowd.
Ward Security has a long-term contract with Bromley Council to patrol the borough’s parks and open spaces with general purpose dogs, while its drugs dogs are often utilised by the Metropolitan Police within the Borough to assist as with pro-active and passive drug operations.
And the opportunity to interact with the members of the public, while at the same time, raising awareness of the company and its services was too good an opportunity to miss.
The comprehensive display featured obedience tasks such as walking to heel both on the lead and off; recalls where the dogs crossed over and returned to their handlers; drug searches involving volunteers from the audience; a simulated robbery and property search; a series of three stick attacks under full control; and a simulated gun attack.
Meanwhile Ward Security staff and dogs assisted on the council’s stall dedicated to raising the public’s awareness of Responsible Dog Ownership. The public were allowed to meet the dogs and talk with the handlers, while a number of free gifts were handed out, alongside leaflets on various council initiatives.
“It was a very successful event,” said Ali Todd, who heads up Ward Security’s dog section. “We had excellent feedback from the public and the council. It showcased Ward Security in the borough and our work and also allowed handlers to meet and greet the public.
“It was a great opportunity to strengthen our community relationships in an area that we patrol with up to eight dogs and handlers on a daily basis.”