Use of Dogs in Police Work
The dog's active sense of smell, sight and hearing have a decisive advantage over the human agencies and are put to use for assisting the Police in a variety of investigations and search operations. Dogs could be used with substantial success in tracking the criminals after a crime has been committed and in searching premises to locate criminals. Dogs could be used for recovering articles stolen, searching of missing persons and for patrolling, Explosives and Narcotic detection and VIP and VVIP security.
Now dog squads are there in all the 14 districts with City and Rural sub units at Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode. Department is strengthening the dog squad with more number of dogs and sub units. The handlers along with the dogs undergoes very rigorous and detailed training for 9 months. Some handlers had been trained in BSF and one person has exposure to USA Dog squad through a government programme. Department has started full fledged State Dog Training School along with Kerala Police Academy, Thrissur where the 9 months training is imparted by internal and external faculties.
: Dog Squad Units of Armed Reserve Camp, Ernakulam and Thrippunithura are functioning under the charge of one RSI. 2 Sniffer Dogs and 1 Tracker Dogs (2 new Pup under training) are now available in this Squad. At present 1 HC & 8 PCs are attached to Dog Squad for handling purpose. Among them 2 HC & 2 PC are undergone training at KEPA, Thrissur