Ahead of G20 Summit, Delhi Police double its dog squad strength

These dogs will be deployed at various places in the national capital to avert and pre-empt any security threat during the G20 Summit.

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By: Alok Singh | New Delhi 
Updated: 17 January, 2023 1:14 pm IST
With this addition, the strength of the Delhi Police Dog Squad has reached up to 99.

Ahead of high-profile meetings under India’s G-20 presidency, the Delhi Police is all set to boost up the strength of its dog squad by inducting 47 new Belgium Malinois, Belgian Shepherd, German Shepherd, Labrador and Golden Retrievers dogs. 

The proposal was cleared by the Union home ministry. The police will start receiving these dogs from a private kennel in Hyderabad and the Indian Army next week.

At present, the city police’s dog squad has 52 dogs – trained in the detection and tracking of explosives and narcotics. They are housed at the Model Town facility of the Crime Branch and at Saket Canine Squad premises. 

“Out of 47, 13 are being bought from the Indian Army’s RVC (Remount and Veterinary Corps). The majority of the new dogs are Labradors. We are also buying dogs from a private kennel in Hyderabad,” an officer of the Delhi Police told The New Indian.  

The officer further said, “These dogs include Belgium Malinois, Belgian Shepherd, German Shepherd, Labrador and Golden Retrievers between the age of six  and nine months.”

The cost of these canines falls in the range of 50,000-1 lakh each, he added. 

After induction, these dogs will be sent to Indo-Tibetan Border Police’s (ITBP) Basic Training Centre (BTC) in Bhanu area of Haryana’s Panchkula for six-month training, where they will learn techniques for detecting explosive and narcotic substances. 

Notably, authorities are gearing up to ensure foolproof security arrangements in view of the G20 Summit scheduled to take place at Pragati Maidan later this year. A host of at least 20 world leaders like US president Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, French and president Emmanuel Macron will attend the summit in the last quarter of this year.

These dogs will be deployed at various places in the national capital to avert and pre-empt any security threat during the G20 Summit.

With this addition, the strength of the Delhi Police Dog Squad will reach up to 99.

It is the second time in the last two decades that the police force is buying such a large number of dogs after the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

On average, each dog serves the force for around 8-9 years before retirement, after which they are handed over to non-governmental organizations.  

Delhi Police dogs are not only deployed for tracking, sniffing, and guarding high-profile events, and mock drills, but they also participate in various dog competitions including the All India Duty Police meet.

The dogs in service work for 8 hours a day during their deployment on the field.

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