Bitten evidence : LETTER
Saturday 11 February 1995
In fact, the witness in this case was Ben's handler, a constable of the Thames Valley Police, who vouched for the reliability of her dog, just as an expert witness vouches for the reliability of a DNA profile or a fingerprint.
The handler's task would, however, have been easier if there was well- validated information on the routine training and performance of police dogs, and my colleagues and I hope to be able to supply this in the near future, so that British courts can begin to use a dog's evidence as routinely as the Hungarian, Dutch and German ones have been doing for years.
Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine
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