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DMP readies K9 unit, to include more dogs

  • Published at 12:40 am September 30th, 2016
DMP readies K9 unit, to include more dogs
The Canine (K9) Unit, specialised dog squad unit working under the special action unit of DMP’s Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) had ended its 10-week training program facilitated by four US embassy officials yesterday. A test concluded the program which eight of the dogs passed. The K9 unit consists of six Labradors and four German Shepherds with 25 certified dog handlers. DMP Commisioner Asaduzzaman Mia announced yesterday that they are trying to procure ten more dogs for the unit. CTTC sources said that the first dog squad was planned in 1996 but was not implemented. DMP decided to buy police dogs with rudimentary training last year in October from England. The unit was first publicly deployed as part of Pahela Baishakh security measures in Ramna this year. ADC Sanowar Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune that two factors were essential – purebred dogs and dogs with excellent sense of smell. He expressed satisfaction with the results of the program. ADC Sanowar said they would not use the dogs for breeding but they might be considered for breeding when they got older. “We want to utilise all of their strength,” he added. AC Jamil Khan said the 32-member team led by Additional Commissioner Monirul Islam with one ADC, one AC, one sub-inspector, three assistant sub-inspector, 24 constables and two nayeks would be in charge of maintaining the dogs during any operations. A veterinary doctor has also been employed to look after their health concerns. The dogs will be deployed upon DMP’s orders and prepared to operate at any time. The dogs are being kept at DMP headquarters in Mirpur.
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