Supporting Policing

Merseyside Police has a number of officers who are trained to work in specialist units to support policing across the region.


Our dog section is used for general patrol duties. These dogs are used to sniff out criminals and belongings left at crime scenes. When it is necessary, we also use these dogs to chase and detain criminals because four legs are usually faster than two!


Our mounted section assists neighbourhoods in reducing incidents of crime and disorder. The horses are used for public order & major incidents, as well as high visibility patrolling at football matches, rugby matches, race meetings and other special events. The horses are also used for general community patrols.

Air support

Our air support section comprises each police force in the North West, who work together to deliver an improved air support service in our region. This group is known as the North West Air Operations Group (NWAOG).


Our underwater and marine section are specialists in the search and recovery of bodies, property, decomposed bodies (on land), submerged vehicles and missing persons.

You can read more about each section by selecting from the menu on the left.