Dog parade marked a difference!
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Last Updated: Sunday, October 19, 2008, 00:00
Thrissur, Oct 19: It was a passing out parade with a difference, with 12 dogs completing their nine month long training course at the Kerala Police Academy here.

This is the first batch of dog squad which completed the training programme along with their 24 handlers and assistant handlers at the academy.

Kerala Home Minister, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, took the salute at the passing out parade.

Five German Shepherds and seven Labradors, who came from various districts of the state, passed out from the academy.

The dogs have been trained to track criminals and sniff out and detect explosives and narcotics and have been categorised into two groups-- 'Trackers' and 'Sniffers'.

The modern training kennel at the Academy here can accommodate 30 dogs at a time which can be trained in both tracking and sniffing operations.

These dogs are deployed in the airports. Earlier, the training of dogs and dog handlers had been done at BSF Academy, Tekanpur. Except Kerala, all other south Indian states continue to send their dogs to Tekanpur for training.

The dogs underwent extensive training involving basic skills, obedience and agility exercises. Specialised training was imparted in the second phase, police said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, October 19, 2008, 00:00

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