Ahead of the Commonwealth Games due late next year, the Delhi Police has decided to increase the strength of its dogs squad by inducting 50 more sniffers. The department will soon come up with an Expression of Interest (EOI) for hiring about 50 dogs along with their trainers.
At present, there are 48 sniffers in the squad and the department is already in the process of procuring 75 others apart from the latest induction. Bhagat said these 50 dogs will be hired only for a month during the Games.
"The dogs will be imparted skills in both sniffing and tracking. They will especially be trained for identifying narcotics, explosive substances and arms among others before assigning tasks to them," the officer said.
These dogs will mainly be guarding various stadiums and Games sites during the XIX Commonwealth Games to be held between October 3 and October 14, 2010 in the national capital. Sniffers are often deployed in the bomb disposal squad, VIP duties and other security related arrangements.
Little ‘Tiger' would be inducted into active police work from April next year upon completion of specialised training and would be solely utilised for detecting narcotic substances just as its predecessor ‘Rosy'.
The training would be in such way that the dog is able to sniff and detect narcotic substances hidden inside a building or concealed inside a luggage / parcel, human body, in vehicle and beneath the ground, say handlers attached to the Dog Squad.
With ‘Rosy' retired from service and ‘Tiger' yet to be formally inducted in its place, the Dog Squad of the City Police has at present the lone ‘Julie', a German Shepherd sniffer dog specialised in detecting explosive substances. Though retired from service, Rosy is still being looked after at the kennel.
Monday, February 07