The K9 security inspection at Dubai Police conducted 2,830 missions over the past year

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His Excellency Major General Abdullah Ali Al Ghaithi, Acting Assistant Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police for Operations Affairs, Director of the General Department for Security of Organizations, Facilities and Emergencies in Dubai Police, confirmed that they provide dogs to special care and attention to the police, given their vital role in detecting many crimes and performing tasks as efficiently as tracking. Impact, event security, drug detection and security of different countries and regions to ensure that they be free from any possible danger.

Major General Al-Ghaithi noted that the Security Inspection Department K9The Police Dogs Department has conducted 2,830 missions over the past year 2021, including 1,312 security inspection missions, 542 coronavirus (Covid-19) infection detection missions, 480 guard missions, 381 security patrol missions, 53 drug discovery. missions, and 30 tracking missions. impact, 20 raid missions and 11 fire detection missions, in addition to specific missions for Expo 2020 Dubai throughout 2021, in preparation for and after its opening, during which we conducted 879 inspection and guard missions. .

For his part, Major Salah Al Mazrouei, Director of the Security Inspection Department, said: K9 In the General Department of Organizations, Facilities and Emergency Security, the department deals with the training of police dogs, the selection of trainers, the conduct of daily training and the provision of all forms of health and psychological care and preventive and curative programs. The department includes 3 departments, the Department of Technical Affairs and Training, the Department of Health Monitoring and the Department of Safety Tasks.

In detail, the major said: “The department employs 63 professional trainers, who train 73 police dogs and there are 6 species, respectively, German Shepherd, Dutch Shepherd, Malinois, Spiegel Hawker, Labrador and Español Cocker. The first three species. relate to the tasks of guarding, raiding, detecting and tracking and have the ability to withstand long working periods, while the last three types relate to the tasks of detecting drugs, smuggling, searching for bodies, missing persons, items. flammable materials.

He added, “In selecting trainers, we take into account their patience, physical ability, their love of dealing with police dogs, their quick intuition and quick action. Breeds, types and temperaments of dogs and training courses continue throughout the year.

choosing dogs

With regard to dogs, Major Al Mazrouei explained that a specialized committee conducts tests on dogs’s instincts to ensure their ability to perform police work, then they undergo field tests in dark or cramped places, inside and outside, in addition to holding. from tasks that require attack, raid, and more. He stressed that they have attracted dogs aged 10 months and a year and a half and continue to work until their predetermined life, which is approximately 7 years, and if they are able to continue, according to experts and specialists. in exercise, health and fitness, they will go on for more than that.

Cancellation process

And he pointed out that the inability of the dog to perform his duties is called the cancellation process and involves two parts, one of which is medical and his report is issued by the Department of Health Monitoring, to verify physical and health fitness being a police officer. , 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 with high efficiency.

And if medical and technical reports, or one of them, show the inadequacy of the police dog, we offer it to the public for adoption under specific conditions, and we really get a lot of adoption applications for dogs that want to care for and keep. those.

Participation in the Expo

The Director of the Security Inspection Department clarified K9that police dogs perform security duties at the global event, Expo 2020 Dubai, in preparation for and after its launch, “security inspection teams perform their duties in securing the site throughout the period of preparation for it, and after the start his. , in addition to participating in pre-mass presentations by showing persuasion. And direct experiences of the ability of police dogs, accompanied by their trainers, to detect banned substances and drugs. “

COVID-19

He noted their success in training police dogs to detect people who may be infected with the Corona virus, “because trained police dogs have a very strong sense of smell, which can be used in police patrols. and to provide vital venues, such as shopping malls, events, crowds and airports. “

He added, “There is no direct interaction between dogs and humans to be examined, but we rely on human breed samples, which helps implement precautions and maintain physical distance. The experiment involved the distribution of specialized teams from the national team at the country’s airports to oversee the current application in monitoring and detecting samples taken from those arriving on site from the armpit without direct contact with the dog and within 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 enhance the safety and security of passenger movement. “

He pointed out 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 leading police in the state and customs, to enable the detection of potential patients with crowns. found that the detection accuracy is 92%.

7923 hours of training

Captain Saud Sultan Al-Suwaidi, Head of the Department of Technical Affairs and Training, 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 the 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 tracing and so on. Also, one of the techniques used is to place a location tracking device on the dog’s collar, so that trainers can track his tracks in search-and-rescue operations and identify locations that have been searched.

He stressed that the choice of a trainer with a police dog is not random, but rather according to the criteria set by the trainer personality, characteristics and skills of the dog and each team undergoes evaluation tests every six months to measure. productivity, success in performing tasks and the degree of compatibility between them.

dog tasks

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

He added that dogs’s tasks vary by breed, including one that specializes in tracking, and others are tracking, using personal items to identify the smell. And dogs that specialize in searching for bodies or parts of their body in order to find the buried body, regardless of the duration or depth of burial, and dogs that discover hallucinogenic drugs and pills in search of any natural narcotics like hashish, opium and marijuana, or produced as hallucinogenic pills or amphetamines and the like, or semi-synthetic as heroin and cocaine, which involves searching any place where the drugs were hidden, even if they were buried.

As for the police dogs specialized in detecting the causes of fires, they can determine whether substances such as gasoline, oil, kerosene, paint, acetone, gas and others were used at the scene of the fire, in cooperation with forensic experts. . laboratories.

health care

Lieutenant Muhammad Sultan Al Ketbi, Head of the Health Monitoring Department, said the department’s tasks include two parts: the first is about prevention programs, providing health care to police dogs, ensuring their safety on a daily basis, and providing immunizations. through annual vaccinations and vaccinations against internal parasites every 3 months and vaccinations against external parasites from 3 to 6 months, in addition to periodic brushing of teeth, weekly brushing and conducting clinical examinations, in addition to caring for its moral 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 disease, 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 provision. of specific meals.

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