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The K9 Security Inspection Division, which is involved with police dogs, has carried out 2,830 missions in the past year, including 1,312 security inspections, 542 investigation missions to detect Corona virus infection (Covid 19), 480 guards, 381 security patrol missions, 53 drug detection missions and 30 detection missions. Impact, 20 raids and 11 fire detection missions, in addition to special missions for Expo 2020 Dubai throughout 2021, during preparation for and after its opening, during which 879 inspection and guard missions were carried out.
In this context, Major General Abdullah Ali Al Ghaithi, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police for Operational Affairs, Acting Director of the General Department of Security of Organizations, Facilities and Emergencies in the Dubai Police, confirmed that their police dogs take special care give. and attention, given their vital role in the detection and execution of many crimes To carry out tasks effectively such as the detection, security of events, detection of drugs, and ensuring the safety of various sites and areas to ensure that they are free is of any potential hazards.
In turn, Major Salah Al Mazrouei, director of the K9 security inspection department in the general department for the security of organizations, facilities and emergencies, said that the department is involved in the training of police dogs, the choice of trainers, the daily training and the provision of all forms of health and psychological care, and preventive and curative programs. The department includes 3 departments: Technical and Training Affairs Division, Health Monitoring Division, and Security Mission Division.
In detail, the major said: “63 professional trainers work in the department and train 73 police dogs, which are 6 types, namely German Shepherd, Dutch Shepherd, Malinois, Sprigel Hawker, Labrador and Espanyol Cocker. The first three types are concerned with security, raids, detection and detection tasks, and has the ability to withstand long periods of work, while the last three types are involved in the tasks of drug detection, smuggling, body search, missing persons, belongings and flammable material.
He added: “In choosing the trainers, we take into account their patience and physical fitness, their love of handling police dogs, their quick wit and quick action. When selecting coaches, we form a committee for interviews and testing. The coach is also subject to security and safety courses, and approved foundation, intermediate and advanced courses. It is necessary to review dog breeds, types and temperaments, and training courses continue throughout. the year.
As for dogs, Major Al Mazrouei explained that a specialized committee does tests for the dogs’ instinct to ensure their ability to perform police work, then they are subject to field tests in dark or cramped places, inside and out, in addition to wearing tasks out that require attack, raid and others. He pointed out that they attract dogs whose age varies between 10 months and a year and a half, and that they continue to work until their lifespan, which is about 7 years, and if they are able to continue, according to experts and specialists in training, health and fitness, they will continue for more than that.
And he indicated that the dog’s inability to perform his duties is called the cancellation process, and it relates to two parts, one of which is medical, and his report is issued by the Health Monitoring Department on the police dog’s physical and health fitness to prove. , and the second part is approved by the training experts who issue a report showing the ability of the police dog to continue to perform its police duties effectively High.
And if both the medical and technical reports, or one of them, show the incompetence of the police dog, we offer it to the public for adoption under specific conditions, and we indeed receive many applications for the adoption of dogs that love to care for and to to keep. they.
Participation in the Expo
The Director of the K9 Security Inspection Division explained that the police dogs performed safety tasks during the preparation for it and after the launch at the world event, Expo 2020 Dubai. In front of the masses, they watch demonstrations of obedience, and vivid experiences of the ability of police dogs, accompanied by their trainers, to detect illicit drugs and narcotics. ”
He pointed to their success in training police dogs to detect people likely to be infected with the Corona virus: “Given that the trained police dogs have a very strong sense of smell, which can be used in police patrols and secure important vital areas , such as commercial centers, events, crowds and airports. ”
He added, “There is no direct interaction between dogs and the humans to be examined, but we rely more on human sweat samples, which help implement precautions and maintain physical distance. The experiment involved the distribution of specialized teams. from the national team to the country’s airports included to oversee the actual application in the monitoring and detection of samples taken from those coming to the country from the armpit without direct contact with the dog, and within seconds, the trained Police Dog can determine the possibility of infection of this person, if any, which is This is an additional line of defense that enhances the efforts of other stakeholders to secure airports to improve the security and safety of passenger traffic. ”
He stressed that the experiment was circulated at the level of the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Dubai police trained 38 trainers with their dogs at the level of police leaders in the state and customs to enable them to treat potential patients with corona detection, and it was found that the accuracy of detection is 92%.
7923 hours of training
Captain Saud Sultan Al-Suwaidi, Head of Technical Affairs and Training Department, explained that during the past year they have done 7,923 hours of training for trainers and their dogs, emphasizing their zeal to hold training courses throughout the year and create training . scenarios that simulate reality to maintain the level of performance.
He added that there are techniques used in training operations, including an odor extraction device, and in placing them in boxes to train police dogs to smell and identify them in the performance of security tasks, such as drugs and prohibited materials or in cases of detection and so on. One of the techniques used is also to place a location tracking device in the dog’s collar so that trainers can locate his track in search and rescue operations and know the locations that have been searched.
He emphasized that the choice of a trainer with a police dog is not random, but rather according to criteria determined by the trainer’s personality, characteristics and skills of the dog, and each team is subjected to assessment tests every six months to productivity, measuring success. in the performance of tasks and the degree of compatibility between them.
Captain Khalifa Al-Suwaidi, head of the security missions department, in turn said that police dogs have become a major focus in, among other things, search and rescue operations, detection and odors, and surveillance missions, and they share their experience and competence in missions. inside and outside the country.
He added that the tasks of dogs differ according to the breed, including the one that specializes in detection, and others are in the process of detection, using personal belongings to identify the smell. And dogs specialized in searching for bodies or their body parts so that they can find the buried body, regardless of the duration or depth of its burial, and dogs that detect drugs and hallucinogenic pills that are looking for any natural narcotic like hashish, opium and marijuana, or manufactured as hallucinogenic pills or amphetamines and others, or semi-synthetic such as heroin and cocaine, which include searching for any place where the drugs are hidden, even if buried.
As for the police dogs that specialize in detecting the causes of fires, they can determine in collaboration with firefighters in the forensic laboratory whether drugs such as gasoline, diesel, kerosene, dyes, acetone, gas and others have been used in the fire premises.
The Director of the Security Inspection Department confirmed that the Dubai police are pushing the female component to participate in all areas, noting that there are seven Emirati female officers who train police dogs, and participate with their male colleagues in security inspections. In addition to the work of 3 Emirati female doctors in the veterinary unit, including dr. Maryam Al Khateri, the first Emirati veterinarian to work in the state-level police field.
Lieutenant Muhammad Sultan Al Ketbi, Head of the Health Monitoring Department, said the department’s tasks include two parts: The first is concerned with preventative programs, by providing health care to police dogs, ensuring their safety on a daily basis, and providing of immunizations. while the other part is represented in the therapeutic aspect, by providing the necessary medicine and treatments if No one is injured or ill, and eager to learn the latest local and international medical practices in the field of treatment and care of police dogs.
He added that their care for dogs includes the sanding system, which includes air conditioners that automatically adjust their temperatures to suit the dogs, a suction fan to extract odors, a deep daily cleaning of the barns according to special cleaning materials, and the provision. of specific meals.
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