Vijayawada

Police canines showcase their skills at passing out parade

A trained police dog performing a feat at the passing out parade at Mangalagiri in Guntur district on Tuesday.

A trained police dog performing a feat at the passing out parade at Mangalagiri in Guntur district on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: V. RAJU

Five breeds have undergone training in detecting explosives, narcotics and red sanders logs

Draped in violet velvet clothes, 30 canines of the 18th batch which completed training exhibited their skills during the passing out parade at the APSP 6th Battalion at Mangalagiri on Tuesday.

The new batch comprising Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever from the U.K., German Shepherd and Doberman Pinscher from Germany and Belgian Malinois from Belgium.

Following the commands of their handlers, the canines participated in the parade to the laud appaulse from the dignitaries and visitors. As many as 42 handlers participated in the parade.

After eight months of rigorous training, the canines have become experts in tracking, detecting explosives, narcotics and red sanders wood. Their services will be utilised for nine years, the intelligence officials said.

German Shepherds and Doberman Pinschers have a glorious history of their active participation in the World War I and II respectively. The Andhra Pradesh Police have been using these breeds for several years now.

Dogs named as Shadow, Angel, Jockey, Shiny, Lucky, Robin and others gave a demonstration on salute, obedience, explosives search, tracking, landmine detection, identifying criminals and performed other feats, amid huge applause from the visitors. Children who attended the parade enjoyed every bit of it.

Later, Director-General of Police (DGP) R.P. Thakur awarded prizes to the canines which performed well during the training in explosives, tracker and narcotics categories.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Thakur said canines play a vital role in anti-sabotage checks and owing to their high efficiency, Greyhounds, the elite force were using the dog squads in anti-naxalite operations and red sanders detection.

“With the criminals and anti-social elements finding new modus operandi and changing security scenario, canines are becoming more and more useful for the police,” the DGP said.

Training centre

Additional DG (Intelligence) Kumar Vishwajeet said as many as 200 dogs are serving in the Police Department in the State.

After the State bifurcation, the government has allotted 20 acres at Agiripalli in Krishna district for setting up a canine training centre, he said.

“The canines have been posted to Tirumala Tirupati Devastanams (TTD), Visakhapatnam Rural and City, Krishna, Srikakulam, West Godavari, Tirupati Urban, CID, ISW, Anantapur, Nellore, Chittoor, Rahamahendravaram and other police districts,” Mr. Vishwajeet added.

Retired DGP M. Malakondaiah, DGs, Additional DGs, senior IPS officers, Intelligence Bureau Joint Director Azad Chandrashekar and others participated in the programme.

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