Police in dogged search for four-footed crime fighters

2015-10-01 16:10

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Cape Town - Western Cape police are appealing to the public to donate their dogs to the force after a number of four-footed crime-fighters recently retired "having served the nation and their handlers with distinction".

The Unit Commander of the Cape Town Dog Unit, Lieutenant Colonel Ivan Myers, in a statement made an urgent appeal to the public to donate German Shepherds (Alsatians), Malinois, Rottweilers, Jack Russells, Labradors and Border Collies aged between 10 months and 2 years.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said the accepted dogs are issued to officers who have undergone a stringent selection process prior to a four month training course.

"[This ensures] that the dogs donated receive the care and attention that they deserve as four legged colleagues of the service," he said.

"Dogs play an essential role in securing the safety and security of the population and are used in various roles, such as apprehending criminals, search and rescue, explosives detection and narcotic detection."

Phone Myers at the Cape Town Dog Unit on 021 506 2077 or 021 506 2063 to make an appointment for the dogs to be viewed and for the evaluation of their suitability to be trained for law enforcement.

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