APCC Chair and PCC for Hertfordshire David Lloyd PCC said:
“I am delighted that the Government has agreed to support this important Bill which will help to protect service animals, including police animals, who play such an important role in assisting our police officers and keep our communities safe.
“The need for legislation was brought to the fore by the experience of Police Dog Finn and his handler, PC Dave Wardell, in Hertfordshire.
“A change in the law is something that Police and Crime Commissioners have called for in recent months and I want to pay tribute to Sir Oliver Heald MP, Finn’s Law Campaign and everyone else that has worked so hard to bring this measure forward. I will continue to work with colleagues to ensure that this protection is introduced at the soonest possible opportunity.”