PNP checks reliability of bomb sniffing dogs

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Monday, August 4, 2014


THE Philippine National Police (PNP) conducted a two-day challenge to check the reliability of the bomb sniffing dogs being deployed in malls, hotels and other places of convergence, a police official said Monday.

PNP Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA) chief Noel Constantino said the first canine evaluation test, which challenged the security dogs, mostly Labradors and Belgian Malinois, of private agencies was held over the weekend at Barangay Buayang Bato, Mandaluyong City

"This competency evaluation is designed to determine the proficiency and reliability of a K9 team in scent work for explosives or bomb to cover every possible technique or method in explosives detection," he said in a statement.

Constantino said each K9 team, which is composed of a handler and a dog, underwent four stages of evaluation, the open search, baggage search, building or room search and vehicle search.

He said the dogs should be able to accurately determine whether there is bomb or bomb components, such as, black powder, dynamite, TNT and detonator cord in the subject of the search.

Out of 75 pairs, only 87 percent or 65 passed the test and were issued certificates of efficiency. The certificate is essential in acquiring clients who would hire the firms' K9 security teams.

Constantino said establishment owners hiring K9 security teams usually asks for the agency's SOSIA-issued certificate of efficiency as proof that they have passed the canine standard. (Sunnex)

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