Breeding unit to produce top pedigree sniffer dogs

ABU DHABI — Abu Dhabi Police have opened a new dog breeding unit to produce top pedigree of sniffer dogs like German Shepherd, Labrador and English Cocker Spaniels.

By Atef Hanafi

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Published: Wed 14 Feb 2007, 9:23 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:31 AM

“The unit has so far bred 35 dogs of which 15 are serving the anti-narcotic and explosives detection units. Four dogs were trained for rescue operations during natural disasters and eight for identifying corpses and searching for survivors,” said Gamal Guma Habash, Director of the Police Dogs Section at the Abu Dhabi Police.

Habash informed that four veterinarians had been appointed at the Vet Clinic to vaccinate dogs and conduct random check-ups every two weeks.

He said an international company had been hired to supply meat and biscuits for dogs. Around 80 per cent of the employees at the Police Dogs Section are UAE nationals, he informed.

Habash added that a team of five personnel from the Directorate General of Security and Ports Affairs had been formed to carry out operations for raiding and storming buildings and vehicles and defusing explosives.

“The team underwent a 75-day extensive training programme at the Montero-based French Police Academy. Three of the UAE trainees secured the first three ranks in the programme,” he said.

“Under the training plan of the Section, personnel will be sent to Belarus, Hungary, South Africa, Germany and the Netherlands to get high quality training. Local training programmes will also be organised,” he said.

According to Habash, 250 dogs were serving various police departments currently.

Elaborating on the training of dogs, he said the process takes four to six months depending on the kind of dogs. A dog serving the fire squad needs two years of training to stay in service for seven to 10 years.

Habash said a dog named Arsi is one of the longest serving canines in the police and has a proven record in drug cases. Olympia, another dog, is a specialist in identifying criminals while Dengo is used for defusing explosives.

Police dog trainers are assessed every four months in terms of control of the dog, observations of their signals and physical fitness.

The physical fitness of dogs is checked every month, Habash revealed.

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