Canine Constabulary. Image from BBC Scotland.

There are around 2,500 police service dogs operating within police forces across the UK, from tracking suspects to assisting officers with crowd control. We are now accustomed to seeing our four-legged friends in recognisable, specialised harnesses alongside their uniformed colleagues, but they weren't always as well equipped, let's take a look where it all began.  

In 1908, four Airedale Terriers named Jim, Vic, Mick and Ben, became the first dogs used by the British Transport Police to accompany officers in patrolling Hull Docks at night. Trained to protect the Police uniform, these dogs were the ideal companion for their handlers in apprehending thieves and locating people sleeping rough amongst cargo. They were trained to obey a police whistle and to chase and stop anyone who ran away from them. To find out more about the early career of Police dogs click here.

There have been several advances in the use of dogs in Police service over the last 114 years. Early Police dogs were supplied with simple muzzles and leads that could be removed by handlers prior to approaching a suspect. Nowadays Police K9 companions are equipped with some pretty cool uniform of their own.

We are proud to supply Band Knife Blades to a UK based manufacturer who produce all types of specialist clothing & equipment for tough military units, police forces, security personnel, and outdoor enthusiasts all over the world.

One specialist product in their wholesale line is a multi-use dog harness, originally designed to fit a camera device and wireless transmitter for Police K9 units. With over 30 years of experience, they pride themselves on their craft, with many of their products being hand-cut and finished – so they need tools and equipment that can keep up with their high standards.

A band knife is a stationary cutting machine, which has fine blades that rotate through a slot in the cutting table while cutting multiple layers of fabric. The operator positions, controls and guides the fabric block around the knife, so a high-quality blade is extremely important for a clean cut and sharp finish.


We supply several tools and components for machinery used in industrial textile processing and manufacturing.

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