Woof Squad gets more bow-wows

Woof Squad gets more bow-wows

Bengaluru

10 pups to join dog squad after many successes of agents Rana and Nidhi


Encouraged by how the two Belgian Malinois shepherd dogs have been assisting in the detection of crimes and narcotics cases for the last two years, the city police are recruiting 10 more puppies of the same breed into the dog squad. The pups will be handed over to the dog squad on Monday and will undergo training in the CAR South.

Deputy Commissioner of police, CAR South, M Yogesh said that the dogs recruited earlier, Rana and Nidhi, have been performing really well and considering their performance, they decided to recruit 10 more to the squad. “Belgium Malinois is successful in all fields and is being used in paramilitary forces and CISF as well. We are taking the pups from our advisor on Monday,” he said.

Rana and Nidhi were taken on as a pilot project and have been performing beyond expectations, in a short time. Police said that sniffer Nidhi’s handler, Ashok Rathod was awarded the gold medal by the Chief Minister of Karnataka. A senior officer said that the sniffer Rana and handler, Jitendra Rathod have also successfully solved a theft case in Basavanagudi recently. He said, “A theft case of nearly Rs. 1 lakh was reported in a showroom at Basavanagudi and Rana who sniffed the entire crime scene, traced the scent for over 1.5 kilometres. He stopped at the point where the accused got inside the vehicle which made it easier for the police to check the CCTV footage and trace the vehicle and the accused.”



Not only in the city but also in Kodagu, the same breed was used by inspector Jitendra Rai to solve 50 plus cases to date and was awarded the President’s gold medal this year.

Agent Rana will keep Bengaluru safe

Belgian Malinois is a favourite dog breed that is being preferred by law enforcement and army units across the globe and this is the first time that they have been inducted into the Karnataka police. These dogs were also used in the Abootabad operation by US Marines to capture Osama Bin Laden.

When asked if Indian dog breeds are tougher to train than foreign breeds, Amrut, a dog psychologist from New Zealand said that last year, during Bhaskar Rao’s tenure as the Commissioner of Police, and under the supervision of the then DCP South, Rohini Sapat, Amrut had adopted two Indian stray puppies. They were bitten and attacked by rodents at the Kumaraswamy Layout police station. He said that these pups have now been trained for narcotic detection and once they get to a particular age they will start working as narcotic detection dogs.

“No dog is difficult to train if you know the right methods. Dogs like Mudhol hounds are sighthounds and have been bred to utilise their eyesight that could get a vision of 240 degrees which is much higher compared to other breeds. This dog was bred for fast movement and to hunt amidst tall grass. Other native Indian breeds like Kanni and Combai are trained to sniff. Every dog has its unique learning methods and a certified behaviourist will address it and get it to learn quickly,” said Amrut.

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