About Us - how it began
In April 2012 a group of volunteers decided that a 'Charity' needed to be formed to help support Retired Police Dogs (RPDs) to ensure there was financial help towards vet and welfare costs.

Essex Retired Police Dogs Fund

(ERPDF) was established.

It was agreed that:-
  • ERPDF would be independent from Essex Police
  • ERPDF would be independent from any other charity or organisation
  • All involved with ERPDF would be unpaid volunteers.
  • A group of 4-5 would form the Board of Trustees.
  • If a Trustee has a retired police dog(s) that dog(s) cannot be assisted by the Fund.
  • Serving Police Officers and/or Staff would not be permitted to hold office on the Board of Trustees - but would be welcome as volunteers and supporters.
  • All awards of financial assistance would be confidential to the Board of Trustees - unless the recipients chose to publicise.



Our Patron:-


Lady Rosemary Ruggles-Brise DL

of Finchingfield

        Lady Ruggles-Brise DL

Board of Trustees:
(January 2024)
Linda Belgrove
Elaine Michaels
Kerry Hodder
Frank Belgrove
Graham Furnival
Non Trustee
(Business Advisor)
Non Trustee
Debra Teo BVSc MRCVS
(Vet/Welfare Advisor)




Frank, Debra & Graham

Registered Charity No. 1158745 Essex Retired Police Dogs Fund 

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Updated January 2024