HAMPSHIRE Search and Rescue Dogs have been awarded thousands of pounds in funding.

Police and crime commissioner Michael Lane has awarded Hampshire Search and Rescue Dogs (HSRD) £6,401 in funding in order to purchase an incident support vehicle and safety equipment.

The dog team provide nationally qualified search dog teams to support the police when looking for vulnerable, missing people in Hampshire.

They support the emergency services to save lives and keep Hampshire residents safe.

Kev Saunders, operations officer for HSRD, said, “We are thrilled to receive this funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner. It allows us to buy our much needed team Incident Support Vehicle.

"Our team is entirely funded by donations, which enable us to continue our lifesaving work.

"Without these, we’d be unable to train and equip these amazing dogs and people, or to provide such a vital voluntary service to the police.”

The voluntary organisation has fundraised for an incident support vehicle to deploy to incidents.

This vehicle will reduce their response time and help increase the chance of survival of a missing person.

In addition to funding from the police and crime commissioner, they have received grant awards from Hampshire County Council, Test Valley Borough Council, and The National Lottery Community Fund.

HSRD are called out by the police, coastguard or other emergency services to search for missing, vulnerable people.

The team are primarily based in Hampshire although assist other counties’ search teams where resources allow.