Rufus, a 3-year-old Springer Spaniel and his handler, Licencing Enforcement Officer, Neil Jukes, visited students at Culcheth High School during their assemblies in January. Culcheth High School is one of the first schools in Warrington to contribute to the Community Safety Partnerships to support the work that Rufus and Neil do in the community.

The visits were part of a partnership between communities, schools, colleges, local businesses and Cheshire Police, aimed at
stopping the use of drugs by young people in the town. Neil Jukes and Rufus are part of a team of community officers who regularly give talks to students about a variety of issues including drug use, underage drinking and cyberbullying.

Neil and Rufus will regularly visit the school and the local community to speak to students and patrol the local community. Rufus completed his training after being “adopted” by Cheshire Police from a rescue centre and lives with Neil. Neil spoke to
students about the training Rufus has had and what a day in the life of a scanning dog entails. Rufus was a hit with staff and students!