Sussex is home to approximately 1.4 million people in an area of nearly 1 million acres (3,700sqkm). The local police services are tasked to find, care for and return to a place of safety anyone that is reported missing who is identified as vulnerable or at risk. We supply nationally qualified search dogs teams to support the police in looking for missing persons. We provide an emergency on call service 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Call outs are exclusively via the police through a call out coordinator who is able to be contacted by the police and other Lowland Search teams who require additional dog teams any time of the day and night.
We are members of the national umbrella organisation of Lowland Rescue, who assess all dogs and handlers, at quarterly held national assessments, prior to them becoming operational. Dogs and handlers are re-assessed every 2 years ensuring all teams maintain the required national operational standards.
We are called out directly by the emergency services when they require specialist resources for large-scale searches or major incidents such as floods. The public cannot call out Lowland Rescue teams directly.
Search Dogs Sussex is a registered charity in England and Wales, No. 1110700. Being a charity, we receive no funding from the government. We rely solely on donations and sponsorship to keep the team operational. All of our members are volunteers, no one is paid, all expenses are from our own pocket. All funds raised go towards providing essential search and safety equipment such as dog first aid kits, radios and hi-visibility clothing.
Please note that we cannot comment on live missing person searches - all comment will come from the relevant police spokesperson.