Emirates News Agency – Dubai Police K9 unit carried out 2,830 missions in 2021
DUBAI, 4th May, 2022 (WAM) — The Dubai Police K9 Unit carried out 2,830 missions in 2021, including 879 special missions to secure the global event Expo 2020 Dubai before and after the inauguration.
The missions consisted of 1,321 security checks, 542 COVID-19 screenings, 480 guard duties, 381 security patrols, 53 anti-drug operations, 30 track searches, 20 raids and 11 fire detections.
Major Salah Khalifa Al Mazrouei, director of the Dubai Police Security Inspection K9 Unit, confirmed that the unit operates with 63 professional trainers and 73 dogs of six different breeds. These include German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds, Malinois Dogs, English Springers, Labrador Retrievers and Cockers.
Race-Based Missions “Missions and tasks are distributed among canines based on their specialties. Springer, Labrador Retriever and Cocker Spaniel specialize in the recovery of narcotics and hidden explosives, the discovery of corpses, the search for missing persons and the search for flaming property and materials,” said Major Al Mazrouei.
Recruitment and Retirement “A specialist committee has been formed to carry out tests to manage recruitments of dogs based on their instincts to undertake police missions and manage the workload. Dogs join the police team from Dubai at the age of ten or 18 months and serve the force for seven more years,” Major Al Mazrouei continued.
“During their years of service, K9s undergo medical examinations and performance tests to determine their abilities to perform police work. If Dubai Police vets or canine trainers provide reasons for retirement necessary, dogs are placed for adoption under certain conditions. We receive many applications from the dog-loving public,” he explained.
K9 Missions Captain Khalifa Al Suwaidi, head of the security missions section, said K9s are a vital aspect of police operations, including search and rescue missions, trail following and guarding.
“Each dog has its specialty depending on its breed. Some excel in finding leads, others in finding missing people by their scent, and still others in discovering corpses and parts. of bodies despite the time of death or the depth of their burial,” Cap. Al Suwaidi explained.
“Some dogs are assigned to anti-narcotics missions to detect narcotics, mind-altering substances such as weed, opium, marijuana, hallucinations, amphetamines, heroin, cocaine, etc. During the mission, the K9s are detecting hidden drugs,” he continued.
“We sent dogs to determine if a fire should be considered arson by sniffing gasoline, diesel or kerosene,” added the head of the security missions section.
Major Al Mazrouei, COVID-19 sniffers, also highlighted the efforts of the Dubai Police K9 Unit in the fight against COVID-19.
“K9 sniffer dogs have been stationed at airports across the country to help detect traces of the coronavirus from passenger sweat samples with 92% accuracy,” Maj. Al Mazrouei added. “We trained 38 dogs, including German Shepherds, Labradors, Cockers and Border Collies, to recognize the smell of COVID-19 using sweat samples from people with confirmed infections, collected by holding a swab under an armpit for a few minutes. But there is no direct contact between the canines and the passengers,” he added. Explain.
7,923 hours of training Captain Saud Sultan Al Suwaidi, head of the technical affairs and training department, attributed the K9 unit’s success to long training sessions that totaled 7,923 hours for the dogs and their trainers in 2021.