How Dubai K9 Police Dogs are Selected and Trained
The Dubai Police K9 Unit carried out 2830 missions in 2021, including 1321 security checks, 542 Covid-19 screenings, 480 guard duties, 381 security patrols, 53 anti-drug operations, 30 lead searches, 20 raids, 11 fire detections, as well as 879 special missions to secure the Expo 2020 Dubai global event before and after the inauguration.
Major Salah Khalifa Al Mazrouei, director of the Dubai Police Security Inspection K9 Unit, confirmed that the unit is currently operating with 63 professional trainers and 73 dogs of six different breeds, including German Shepherd, Dutch Shepherd, Malinois Dog, English Springer, Labrador Retriever and Cocker Spaniel.
“Missions and tasks are divided between canids according to their specialties. German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds and Malinois carry out guarding, tracking and lead detection missions of all kinds because they are known to be more resilient”. , 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,” added Maj Al Mazrouei.
“A specialist committee has been formed to carry out tests to manage dog recruitments based on their instinctive abilities to undertake policing assignments and handle workload. The dogs join the Dubai Police team at the ten months or a year and a half and continue to serve the Force seven more years,” Maj Al Mazrouei continued.
“During their years of service, K9s undergo medical examinations and performance tests to determine their abilities to perform police work. Suppose Dubai Police vets or dog trainers give the reasons for a necessary retirement. In this case, the dogs are placed for adoption under certain conditions, and we receive many applications from dog lovers among the public,” he explained.
Capt. 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, for n’ to name a few.
“Each dog has its specialty depending on its breed. Some excel in finding leads, others in finding missing people by their scent, others in discovering corpses and body parts. 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 and cocaine…etc. During the mission , K9s sniff hidden drugs even though they are buried,” he continued.
“We dispatched dogs to determine if a fire should be considered arson by sniffing gasoline, diesel, kerosene, etc.,” added the head of the security missions section.
Major Al Mazrouei 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 in passenger sweat samples with 92% accuracy,” Major 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 in holding a swab in an armpit for a few minutes. He explained that there is no direct contact between the canines and the passengers,” he explained.
Captain Saud Sultan Al Suwaidi, Head of Technical Affairs and Training Department, attributed the success of the K9 unit to the long training sessions which accumulated to 7923 hours for the dogs and their trainers over the last year 2021.
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