A senior CRPF official told ANI that they will procure 100 dogs for their K9 unit. After procurement, they will be trained at CRPF’s Dog Breeding and Training School in Bengaluru.
“The operational units of CRPF deployed in Improvised Explosive Device (IED) prone area of LWE and J&K are working hard to provide K9 teams. CRPF is in process for procurement of Belgian Shepard Malinois (BSM) pups ” an official document.
“They are adding more dogs to the force as more and more battalions are deployed in Naxal-affected areas and J&K. After training, the dogs will be deployed in all operational areas,” the official said.
“The sniffing power of dogs is the biggest advantage for the teams deployed in Naxal-affected areas. In Naxal areas, there are 14 dogs in every battalion and every time a team goes on patrol, the dogs can detect any ambush, explosive or firearms. Overtake the team to find landmines,” he said.
The officer also clarified that the CRPF will only procure the puppies of Belgian Shepard Malinois (BSM). “BSM is the best police dog in the world. It is a tried and tested breed. Different organizations use different breeds as per their requirement. Some forces use Labrador and Cocker Spaniel because they are in subway, airports and so on. There are public friendly dogs used for sniffing public places,” he said.
The training in CRPF will start after the dogs cross 90 days of age and the puppies will be brought to school when they are 45 days old. During training dogs will be trained for social attractiveness, rearing, restraint, social dominance, height dominance, retrieval, tactile sensitivity, sound sensitivity, vision sensitivity and stability.
At present, there are about 1000 dogs in the K9 unit of CRPF.
First Published:January 20, 2022, 6:14 pm