w At present, the dog squad has 65 trained sniffer and explosive detection canines.
New Delhi: The Delhi police has floated a tender to take 10 German Shepherd pups in its dog squad. These pubs are likely to join the squad by the first quarter of 2019. With this step, the Delhi police dog squad, which is well under staff, will get some relief.
It was told that at least 10 dogs are set to be retired by the end of this year and another five will be relieved next year, which will bring down the strength of the dog squad to 50 or even less. At present, the Delhi police dog squad has 65 trained sniffer and explosive detection canines.
“These dogs have been effective in detecting explosives and other chemicals, especially that which are hidden in underground stations and tunnels. They are also trained to sniff narcotics,” said a police official.
According to a police report, a total of 106 dogs from the dog squad have either retired or died during service since 2010 Commonwealth Games when the strength of the police dogs unit was 110.
The situation could be worse if some dogs die before their retirement age, an issue that the dog squad has been facing constantly from the past few years. Meanwhile, the pol-ice said that only those firms can participate in the tender process, who are registered with National Kennel Club of India.
Interested agencies have to quote the registration number in their quotation and also attached documentary proof having registered with National Kennel Club of India for the sale of pups. There were 15 German Shepherds in the squad during the Commonwealth Games in 2010.