The K9 security search department has 250 dogs which are used for various functions such as detecting explosives, narcotics and drugs, searching for weapons, tracking and rescuing survivors during accidents or natural disasters, detecting criminals involved in thefts, homicides or prison runaways and so on.
He said the devices are especially useful when the search operations cover a difficult terrain like the debris of a collapsed building. "The new system will also enable us to compile data as they will yield exact numbers, be it casualties, survivors or dangerous material located or recovered," he said.
The K9 squad has a wide variety of breeds that are rigorously trained for various tasks. They include German Shepherds, Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Huskies, Maltese Terriers, among others. These dogs are rigorously trained to perform a variety of tasks, including detecting fire and its causes, locating weapons and riot guarding.
The system entails a microprocessor, wireless radio and GPS receiver that vibrates or makes certain noises which the dog is trained to respond to in search and rescue missions. When the handler presses a button on a handheld remote control, signals are sent to the microprocessor. Built-in software then identifies the command providing cues for the dog.
In 2012, the security inspection department of the
Police forces at the department underwent 21 training courses. Eighteen employees received three training courses in
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