Mumbai police dog squad to get 12 women handlers

Currently, the Mumbai Police has three teams in its dog squad, one is based at Aarey Colony in Goregaon, another is with Crime Branch and Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad

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Mumbai police dog squad to get 12 woman handlers who will play the role of second handlers. Later, based on their performance, they will be given the job of their first handlers. 

A senior police official said that they have started the process of engaging female staffers. For the same, last year, they conducted a drive in which the male and female staff of the Mumbai Police were asked about their areas of interest apart from their routine work. He added that their female staffers showed interest in working for the dog squad, for which they conducted a small test at the end of 2018 and on the basis of which, they selected 12 women. 

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Currently, the Mumbai Police has three teams in its dog squad. One is based at Aarey Colony in Goregaon with five dogs and ten handlers while two dogs are undergoing training with their handlers at the Dog Training Centre of the Maharashtra Criminal Investigation Department in Pune. The Crime Branch special dog squad comprises of three dogs and six handlers, that is dispatched only to crime scenes across the city.

Along with this, the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) has 12 dogs and 24 handlers, of which three are undergoing training with six handlers at Pune.

The Mumbai Police is in the process of adding Belgian Malinois to its existing squad, mainly made up of Labrador Retrievers.

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