Monday, 27 March, 2023

First all-female police dog handler team introduced today

Bangladesh Police introduced the first female police dog handler team — comprising members of the female Airport Armed Police Battalion — to make the operational activities more dynamic.

Seven female APBN members have been included in the police dog handler team after getting training from the K9 dog handler course.

They received training from professional dog squad trainer Tony Brison (UK) and Melin Broadweek (New Zealand). The US embassy and Airport Armed Police jointly organised the training.

Commanding Officer of Airport Armed Police Battalion-13, Tofail Ahmed, handed over the certificates to them after the conclusion of the training course today.

Airport Armed Police Battalion started the K9 Dog Squad unit with two labradors, two German shepherds and four malinios dogs in 2017.

The dog squad unit has been used for checking passengers and screening luggage.

Mohammad Ziaul Haque, additional superintendent of police (media) of Airport Armed Police Battalion, said the government has taken a step to upgrade the number of dogs to 66 in the dog squad group by 2025.

The government took the steps considering the operations of the third terminal of the airport, he said.

Fifteen more dogs will be attached to the dog squad in 2023.

A full-fledged dog squad can play an important role in preventing sabotage, drug smuggling and currency smuggling, said speakers at the programme.