23 dogs inducted into Kerala Police K9 team – The New Indian Express
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State Police strengthened its canine squad by inducting 23 new dogs on Thursday, including 16 Belgian Malinois. The Belgian Malinois breed is known for its intelligence and energetic working style and is often used at the forefront of counter-terrorism operations due to its superior qualities.
Additionally, four German Shepherds and a Golden Retriever, Doberman and Labrador, were also inducted into the team, known as the K9 team, during a ceremony at the Kerala Police Academy in Thrissur.
Of the 23 dogs, 13 have been trained in explosives detection, five are proficient in tracking crime sites, three have been trained in narcotics detection, while one has been trained in dead body detection. All dogs are 14 to 15 months old and have been trained for nine months at the State Dog Training School, Kerala Police Academy. The star attraction, the Belgian Malinois, was bought from Rajasthan for 35,000 apiece, said K9 team manager S Suresh.
“The ability of Belgian Malinois to detect odors is excellent. It can also be deployed in service for 15 years compared to other races. That’s why it’s an asset to the force,” he said. With the new inductions, the K9 team has 168 active dogs in service. Meanwhile, the police are planning to start a breeding center in Kuttikanam for Belgian Malinois. The department plans to use two dogs that were donated by an individual to Ernakulam for breeding purposes. The goal, Suresh said, was to become racially self-sufficient.