Police need four-legged cops

2016-12-13 06:01

The South African Police Service has embarked on a drive to find donated dogs from the public and private enterprise to increase their operational K9 capacity.

According to a police statement, the dogs are needed in the fight against crime, including crime detection and law enforcement operations as well as wildlife trafficking.

Police dogs are deployed for narcotic detection, explosives detection, protected species detection, biological body fluid detection, currency detection and carcass-and-hide detection.

They are also used to gather sheep during stock theft investigations, to track and apprehend dangerous suspects, during fire investigation as well as in search and rescue operations.

The following breeds are acceptable: Border Collies, German Shepherds, Cocker Spaniels, Labradors, Belgian Shepherds, Bloodhounds, Rottweilers, Golden Retrievers, German Shorthair Pointers and Jack Russells.

The dogs need to be between nine months and three years old for best results when it comes to training.

Cross breeds will only be accepted if they meet the police’s strict organisational requirements, are confident, energetic and not scared of people or loud noises and are able to walk on a leash, with a strong and even temperament.

An appointment is made to assess the dog at the donor’s home to establish whether the dog is suitable

If so, a contract will be signed and the dogs donated to the police unconditionally.

Contact the following K9 Unit during office hours: Brigadier Selvy Mohlala on 071 353 6955.

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