Karnataka police is providing advance training to its dog squad in BSF’s training academy in Gwalior. This training will help the department in efficient tackling of drug menace and in detecting explosives.

Speaking on the sidelines of a workshop on ‘Technology to combat drug menace’, organised by School of Social Work here on Thursday, A.M. Prasad, Additional Director General of Police (Crime and Technical Services), said that Karnataka police sent five dogs (one from each range) in January to BSF Academy in Gwalior for a six-month training.

Five more dogs will be sent for six-month training in the next phase. With this, each police range in the State will have two dogs trained in BSF Academy in Gwalior. He said that dog training is not a short-term programme.

Stating that the State Police had not taken such an initiative in the last 25 years, Prasad said most of the dogs in police are locally trained.

Terming it as a process of building capacity of police, he said the endeavour of the department is to build capacity at various levels and places.

Prasad said there is a need to have localised testing facility when police seize drugs. Otherwise, some drugs dissipate by the time they are sent for testing in some designated locations. This comes in their way of investigating drug-related cases, he said, adding that efforts are on to decentralise the forensic laboratories in the State.

Stating that a whole new set of drugs have come to the market, he said there is a need to develop competencies to handle such drugs. In such a situation, technology plays an important role, he said.

To check the menace of drugs in the country, there is a need for greater supervision at entry and exit points such as ports and airports in the country. The present security machineries are capable of detecting only explosives. In such a situation, there is a chance of narcotics escaping from the eyes of security.

To tackle this, all the entry and exit points to the country should be equipped with sophisticated equipment that can detect narcotics also, he said.

vinayak.aj@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on March 14, 2013)
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