About the BPSCA

Our history, our present, our future

Formation:

The BPSCA was formed by four Serving and Ex Serving Officers in 1988 at a meeting held at The Fir Tree pub, Crook, County Durham.  The organisation now comprises of serving and ex serving officers from the United Kingdom’s uniformed services who are, or have been the handlers and trainers of service dogs.

On the 1st of October 2015 the BPSCA Committee adopted a formal constitution for the purposes of safeguarding the future of the Association.  The idea being to preserve the vision of the founder members in addition to supporting development of the Association.

Objectives:

The purpose of the BPSCA is;

  • To encourage an interchange and professional practice through the publication of  the Service Dog Magazine, the BPSCA Website, and BPSCA Social Media.
  • To promote the highest professional standards of dog welfare and compassion amongst the BPSCA Membership.
  • To engage with other professional bodies and associations for the purpose of promoting canine welfare and ethical training in order to influence the raising of professional standards and the formulation of dog related legislation.
  • To arrange and run an Inter-Services Working Dog Competition annually by the BPSCA in order to determine the best BPSCA Service Dog Team of the year.  This competition will be known as The Service Dog of The Year.  A parallel competition will be held to determine the best dog and handler from the BPSCA Members and Associate Members.  This will be known as the BPSCA Working Dog of the Year.

Membership:

Full Membership is open to serving and retired members of Dog Sections from the HM Armed Forces, HM Prison Service, HM Revenue & Customs, Home Office Police Forces (https://www.police.uk/forces/), National Fire Service, UK Border Force, and in the case of retired officers any organisation preceding those listed.

Membership may also be granted upon application and approval by the BPSCA Committee to handlers and trainers of similar bona fide overseas organisations.

The Association also encourages applications for Associate Membership to civilian dog handlers and trainers of good character, subject to approval by the BPSCA Committee.

Whilst the Association and its elected Officers is listed in the Police Almanac, it is entirely independent of the Home Office, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice, or any other Government department.

BPSCA Constitution

BPSCA Constitution 2017

Membership is subject to applicants agreeing to be bound by the BPSCA Constitution and agreeing to uphold the objectives of the Association.

Document attached for download.

The BPSCA Constitution is written in collaboration with

Net Lawman

http://www.netlawman.co.uk/

 

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BPSCA Officers & Committee:

The Association Committee consists of 7 Officers and an additional 11 Committee Members.  The breakdown of those serving on the Committee is 12 Full Members and 6 Associate Members.  All those serving as Officers and Committee Members are duly nominated and elected at the BPSCA AGM.  The Officers and Committee for the year 2015/16 is as follows:

 

Position

President

Chairman

Vice Chairman

Honorary Secretary

Honorary Treasurer

Legal Secretary

Membership Secretary

Committee Member

Committee Member

Committee Member

Committee Member

Committee Member

Committee Member

Committee Member (Associate)

Committee Member (Associate)

Committee Member (Associate)

Committee Member (Associate)

Committee Member (Associate)

 

Post Holder

Mr Sam Perrie

Mr Ron Stanley

Vacant

Mr Shaun Hesmondhalgh

Mr Dave Hibbert

Mr Shaun Hesmondhalgh

Mr Mark Sotiris

Ms Jacky Johnson

Vacant

Vacant

Vacant

Vacant

Vacant

Vacant

Vacant

Mrs Mavis Perrie

Mrs Lesley Appleyard

Mr Andrew Staniforth

 

Contact Details

Contact through the Association Secretary

Contact through the Association Secretary

 

secretary@bpsca.net

treasurer@bpsca.net

legalsec@bpsca.net

membershipsec@bpsca.net

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trialsmanager@bpsca.net

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