Dogged efforts: ISW trains 90 puppies to tackle drug peddling

Sit... Stand... Stare... and Go! It is another regular day of training for newly procured puppies at Integrated Intelligence Training Academy in Moinabad. For the first time, Intelligence Security Win

Published: 14th August 2017 08:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th August 2017 08:06 AM   |  A+A-

One of the ISW’s new Labrador Retriever puppies seen during its training session in Hyderabad on Sunday | Express photo

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HYDERABAD: Sit... Stand... Stare... and Go! It is another regular day of training for newly procured puppies at Integrated Intelligence Training Academy in Moinabad. For the first time, Intelligence Security Wing (ISW) officials who provide security to the chief minister and VVIPs, have started giving training to its police dogs in detecting narcotic substances.

With the state government directing the police officials across the state to be vigilant in preventing drug peddling, the police have initiated regular raids on drug peddling gang members. Keeping in view of security aspects and to make searching of narcotic substances easy, the ISW officials have purchased 90 puppies of breed — German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever — also known as Labrador breeds for the purpose of detecting clues.

“For the first time, we want to use two dog breeds for detecting drug peddling activities in the state. The ISW has bought around 90 dogs of German Shepard and Labrador breeds aged six months old each,” sources told Express.

A total of nine months training will be provided to these 90 dogs. For the first three months, experts provide basic training like sit...stand...down...stare and salute. Then, the experts will train the dogs to use its senses to detect substances like drugs, explosive material and human body tracking.

“Before providing training to these 90 puppies, the experts are trained on how to treat and to train them. During the training, special staff is allocated to take care of these puppies, who provide them food, give them bath, conducts regular physical exercise, and keeps a track on medical conditions of these canines,” officials said.

When police carry raids for suspected drug peddling, these dogs will help them in detecting concealed drug material. The training on human body tracking would help in thefts, murder, robberies and others. In case of bomb blasts, these dogs will help in detecting explosives.

With reorganisation of districts into 31, and every district having its own police head quarters, the trained dogs would be allocated to all districts. In Hyderabad, the City Security Wing (CSW) officials already have six dogs. As the drug peddling activity is on a rise in the city, of the six, two dogs are under training in detecting drugs. After the training is completed, four specially trained dogs would be allocated to the CSW, Rachakonda and Cyberabad police.

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