Police force hit over 'dog blog'
A taxpayers' campaign group has criticised police for "wasting" time and money creating internet blogs "written" by police dogs.
Cambridgeshire is the latest force to launch a "dog blog" on its website - others have been produced by Tayside and Avon and Somerset.
Staff say the diary is popular and promotes the work of police dogs.
But the TaxPayers' Alliance says the blogs are "PR exercises" with no public benefit.
"All the time we hear that police forces overstretched and officers have too much paperwork," said a spokesman. "Yet someone seems to have enough time to write hundreds of words about the life of a dog?"
Chief executive Matthew Elliott added: "This might be a well-intentioned idea but it is a waste of money.
"Either the dog's handler or a press officer are evidently devoting their time to writing this blog at taxpayers' expense and to no real benefit for public safety. "
Cambridgeshire Police said the blog gave the public an "insight" into the work of police dogs.
"The dog's blog has proved to be extremely popular with the public and received more than 700 visitors in its first week," said a spokeswoman.
"The blog costs nothing to produce and is written by the corporate communications team, whose role it is to promote the work of the force."