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Beefing up: The police are on the lookout for Labradors and German Shepherds.
Beefing up: The police are on the lookout for Labradors and German Shepherds.

K.S. Sudhi

The police are planning to expand its dog squad and open a rural wing.

KOCHI: Eighteen pedigree pups will soon join the Police Department.

The State police have placed advertisements inviting breeders and interested persons to supply Labrador and German Shepherd pups of good pedigree for their canine wing.

The department has plans to open a rural wing of the dog squad. There will be a dog training school at the Police Training School at Thrissur, and more pups need to be inducted, said Ramesh Kumar, Assistant Director, Veterinary Hospital, Mounted Police Unit, Thiruvananthapuram.

The pups may be six to nine months old, and once selected, they will be given one-year training. The department has received offers from Bangalore and Chennai, Dr. Ramesh Kumar said.

The Government rules permit the police to take dogs on donation after technical verification.

The police trainers prefer German Shepherds and Labradors because of their diligence, efficiency and ability to take up difficult assignments. The pups will be given basic training and lessons in obedience. Later, they will be given special training in sniffing contrabands, such as drugs and bombs. After induction into the force, the dogs are assigned ranks in the department mostly on the basis of the quality of their work. Usually, they are inducted in the rank of junior level officer after successful completion of training, Dr. Ramesh Kumar said. At present, there are 35 dogs in the squad, and with the induction of the new pups, the unit will be expanded and some dogs will be sent to district units.

The police dogs are centres of attraction in crime scenes and security operations. Those willing to supply pups to the Police Department may contact Dr. Ramesh Kumar on 98460 11125.

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