Hon’ble Home Minister Pu Lalchamliana officially inducted Mizoram Police Canine Squad setup under the scheme ‘Assistance to States for Strengthening Enforcement Capabilities for Combating illicit traffic in ND & PS in Mizoram’at the induction programme held on 21st July 2020 (Tuesday) at Arya Mess, Police Headquarters, Aizawl. He also distributed certificates to the 16 trained dog-handlers. The event was attended by DGP Pu SBK Singh IPS, Home Secretary Pi Lalbiaksangi, and other senior officers of the Police Department. The function was followed by a demonstration at the courtyard of GS Arya Mess where the newly inducted dogs showcased their skills.
The Chief Guest in his address at the event said that it is a memorable occasion for the state and the department. Having international border with Myanmar, tackling of drug smuggling is one of the most challenging tasks of Mizoram Police and Canine Squad will be a great force multiplier in effective enforcement of the law. He also congratulated the 16 dog-handlers for getting high rankings in the Training Centre. DGP Pu SBK Singh IPS in his welcome speech stressed that the dogs need to be treated with extreme care and welcomed the 8 dogs represented by their handlers as part of family of Mizoram Police.
Narcotics Control Bureau under Ministry of Home Affairs sanctioned Rs 18.40 Lakhs during the year 2018-2019 for setting up of Canine Squad for Mizoram Police for strengthening enforcement capabilities for combating illicit traffic in ND&PS in Mizoram. A total of 8 dogs – 4 German Shepherd Dogs (GSD) and 4 Labrador Retrievers were purchased from reputed supplier of high breed dogs for military and police use at the rate of Rs 50,000/- and Rs 40,000/- per pup for GSD and Labrador Retriever respectively.
Willingness was called from Mizoram Police personnel and 8 dog Handlers and 8 Asstt. Dog Handlers were selected from among the willing police personnel. They were sent to National Training Centre for Dogs, BSF Academy, Tekanpur, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh to undergo training of different trades and training on each trade commenced from 7.10.2019.
The chosen trade with breed of dogs and training periods are as below :
1. Tracker – 3 GSD – 36 weeks
2. Narcotic Detection – 1 GSD & 2 Labrador – 24 weeks
3. Explosive Detection – 1 Labrador – 24 weeks
4. Search & Rescue – 1 Labrador – 24 weeks
Narcotic Detection, Explosive Detection and Search & Rescue dogs successfully completed their training on 21.3.2020 and the Tracker dogs successfully completed their training on 16.5.2020. They will be placed at various districts like Aizawl, Lunglei, Champhai and Kolasib. They will be utilized at any place/district on need basis.