OK9 wellbeing and trauma support dogs van launch

Published 18 Sep 2023
Written by
Oscar Kilo
National Police Wellbeing Service
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This week we are excited to be launching our new OK9 vans at the Emergency Services Show in Birmingham.

We have funded two brand-new vans in recognition of the huge impact that the OK9 wellbeing and trauma support dogs have made to police wellbeing. 

There are now over 200 OK9 wellbeing and trauma support dogs in forces across the country. Our OK9 handlers are passionate about helping colleagues through this form of peer support and these dogs are having a huge impact on the officers and staff they are working with.

We are making the vans available to forces throughout England and Wales who are actively involved in the OK9 network to enable them to deliver their OK9 wellbeing dog services more widely.

The vans will be located in the north and south of England to maximise the geographical reach. Forces will be able to request to borrow a van to support local wellbeing initiatives and events where the OK9 wellbeing dogs are attending. 

We are also making the vans available for large scale national events and major incidents to use alongside our wellbeing vans.

If you are attending the Emergency Services Show, please come to stand E55 to meet us and see one of our new OK9 vans.

Find out more about our OK9 wellbeing dogs.