542 “Corona” examinations performed by sniffer dogs at the Dubai Police last year

Assistant Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police for Operational Affairs, Acting Director General of Security of Organizations, Facilities and Emergencies in Dubai Police, Major General Abdullah Ali Al Ghaithi, said that the Security Inspection Department K9, the department in with police dogs, has performed 2829 missions during the last year, with 1312 security inspection missions, 542 examination missions for detection of Corona virus infection “Covid-19”, 480 guard missions, 381 security patrol missions, 53 drug detection missions, 30 tracking missions, 20 raid missions, 11 fire detection missions, in addition to the special missions for the exhibition “Expo 2020 Dubai” during 2021, during the preparation for it and after its opening, included 879 inspection and storage missions.

On his part, the director of the Security Inspection Department “K9” in the General Department for Security of Organizations, Facilities and Emergencies, Major Salah Al Mazrouei, said that the department deals with the training of police dogs, the selection of trainers, conducting trainings ditore. , and offers all forms of health and psychological care, and prevention and curative programs, and the department includes three Sections, the Technical Affairs and Training Section, the Health Monitoring Section, and the Safety Tasks Section.

He added that 63 professional trainers are working in the department to train 73 police dogs of six types: German Shepherd, Dutch Shepherd, Malinois, Sprigel Hawker, Labrador and Español Cocker Long working periods, while the last three types are related with the tasks of detecting drugs, smuggling, searching for bodies, missing persons, items and flammable materials.

And he continued: “In selecting trainers, we take into account their patience, physical ability, love of dealing with police dogs, ingenuity and quick demeanor, and when selecting trainers, we form a committee for interviews and testing. For dog breeds, breeds and temperaments, training courses continue throughout the year.

choosing dogs

With regard to dogs, Al Mazrouei explained that a specialized committee conducts tests on dogs instincts, to ensure their ability to perform police work, and then undergoes field tests in dark or narrow places, inside and outside, in addition to performing duties. seeking attack, their father and others. He noted the attraction of dogs, whose age varies from 10 to 18 months, and they continue to work until their lifespan, which is approximately seven 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 pointed out that the inability of the dog to perform its duties is called the cancellation process and it has to do with two parts, one of which is medical and the report of the Department of Health Monitoring has been issued, to verify the physical and physical condition of the dog of the police. health fitness, and the second part is approved by training experts who issue a report demonstrating the police dog’s ability to continue to perform his police duties efficiently. And if both reports (medical and technical), or one of them, show that the police dog is inadequate, we offer it for adoption to the public under specific conditions, and we really get a lot of dog adoption applications from it lovers. to care for and maintain them.

Al Mazrouei explained that police dogs perform security duties at the global event “Expo 2020 Dubai”, during the preparation for it and after its launch, as the security inspection teams perform their duties in securing the place throughout the period of preparation for it. , and after its launch, in addition to participating in appearances in front of the public watching it.Demonstration of conviction and live experiences of the ability of police dogs, accompanied by their trainers, to detect prohibited substances and drugs.

“Covid19”

Al Mazrouei noted their success in training police dogs to detect people who are likely to be infected with the Corona virus, “given that trained police dogs have a very strong sense of smell, which can be used in police patrols and secure vital locations. , such as shopping malls, events, crowds and airports. ”

He added: “Direct interaction is not performed between dogs and humans to be examined, but rather we rely on samples of the human breed, which helps to implement precautions and maintain physical distance, and the experiment involved the dispersal of teams. specialized by the national team.at the country’s airports, to oversee the current application in Monitoring and examination of samples taken from those coming into the country from the armpits without direct contact with the dog and within a few seconds, the trained police dog can determine the possibility of infecting this person., if any, which is an additional line of defense that enhances the efforts of other authorities interested in securing airports to increase the safety and security of passenger traffic.

He noted that the experiment has been circulated at the level of the Ministry of Interior, and the Dubai Police has trained 38 trainers with their dogs at the level of state police and customs, to enable the detection of potential patients with “Corona”, and it was found that the detection accuracy is 92%.

dog tasks

On the other hand, the Head of the Security Duties Section, Captain Khalifa Al-Suwaidi, said that police dogs have become the main focus in search-and-rescue, tracking and fragrance operations, conservation tasks and others, and they share the experience and their competence in missions at home and abroad.

He added that the tasks of dogs vary by breed, including one that specializes in tracking, and others are searching for the missing, using personal items to identify the smell, and dogs specializing in searching for bodies or parts of their body, so that they find the body buried, regardless of the duration or depth of burial, and drug detection dogs. And hallucinogenic pills, looking for any natural drugs like hashish, opium and marijuana, or produced as hallucinogenic pills or amphetamines and others, or semi-synthetic like heroin and cocaine, and includes searching any place where the drug was hidden even if it was varrosur. As for the police dogs specialized in detecting the causes of fires, they can determine whether substances such as gasoline, diesel, kerosene, paint, acetone, gas and others were used at the site of the fire, in cooperation with fire experts in forensic laboratory.

For his part, the head of the Department of Health Monitoring, Lieutenant Muhammad Sultan Al Ketbi, said that the tasks of the department include two parts, the first is related to prevention programs, providing health care for police dogs, ensuring the safety of them on a daily basis. , and providing immunizations, through annual vaccinations, and immunizations against internal parasites every three months, immunizations against external parasites from three to six months, in addition to periodic brushing, weekly brushing and clinical examinations, in addition to moral care. his aspect, by proximity, playing and practicing continuous exercises with the coach.

As for the other aspect, it is represented in the therapeutic aspect, providing the necessary medications and treatments if one of them suffers an injury or illness, as well as being eager to see the latest local and international medical practices in the field of medication and treatment. care for police dogs.

He added that their dog care includes the barn system, which contains air conditioners that automatically regulate their temperatures to suit dogs, a suction fan to remove odors, a deep daily cleaning of barns according to special cleaning materials and providing specific meals.

Female component support

The Director of the Security Inspection Department, Major Salah Al Mazrouei, confirmed that the Dubai Police is pushing the female component to participate in all areas, noting that there are seven female members from the Emirates who train police dogs and participate with their male colleagues in security. inspections, in addition to the work of three doctors from the UAE in the veterinary unit, including Drs. Maryam Al Khatiri, the first Emirati veterinarian to work in the field of police at the state level.

7923 hours of training

The head of the Department of Technical and Training Affairs, Captain Saud Sultan Al-Suwaidi, explained that over the past year, they conducted 7,923 hours of training for their trainers and dogs, emphasizing their desire to hold year-round training courses and for create Training Scenarios that simulate reality to maintain level of performance.

He added that there are techniques used in training operations, including a device for extracting odors and placing them in boxes to train police dogs to sniff and identify them in the performance of security duties, such as drugs and prohibited materials. , or in cases of traceability. The dog, so that trainers could track his tracks in search-and-rescue operations and identify locations that have been searched.

• Police dogs perform security duties at Expo 2020 Dubai during and after its launch.

• He stressed that the choice of trainer with a police dog is not random, but according to the criteria set by the personality of the trainer.

• 1312 security inspection missions performed by the Dubai Police Security Inspection Department.

• Police dogs rely on human sweat samples to detect Covid-19 to maintain physical distance.

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