Woburn House – Dog Training Kennels

Woburn House – Dog Training Kennels

These dog kennels were located on the grounds of Woburn House and used by the Northern Ireland Prison Service to train dogs for use within the justice system in Northern Ireland.

The last batch of dog handlers and dogs began their training in 2015 before the site closed for good.

A freedom of Information request in 2016 showed that the Northern Ireland Police Service currently had 18 operational working dogs. They were a mix of Dutch Herder, Belgium Malinois and German Shepherd breeds.

These 18 dogs were split across 3 specialist units: explosive search dogs, passive dogs, and active search dogs.

The Dogs work a full range of shifts covering seven-days-a-week. They’ll work for six-seven years depending on their health and ability, and some have served us for 10 years, which is quite remarkable.

Governor Seaneen Farrelly

In 2021, the Northern Ireland Police Service had 44 working dogs across 33 dog handlers in Maghaberry, Magilligan and Hydebank Wood Secure College and Women’s Prison. Between 2018 and 2021 these dogs have completed almost 16,000 searches of visitors entering these sites.

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