A total of 34 specialized officers have completed a four months Basic canine Training and Induction course as Dog handlers at the Police K9 Unit Headquarters in Nsambya.
The Inspector General of Police Martin Ochola was represented by Deputy Director Human Resource Development, Senior Commissioner of Police Elly Womanya, who presided over the closing ceremony. SCP Womanya encouraged the participants to put the knowledge and skills acquired to serve the communities diligently.
Womanya revealed that all these specialized Dog handlers will be deployed in different parts of the country to curb the rising crime rates in the communities.
The Commandant Police K9 Unit, Commissioner of Police Martin Mugume, noted that the participants were taken through vigorous training on detecting explosives using sniffer dogs, tracking which includes following trails of people who have committed crimes, and tracing narcotic substances using dogs.
He said K9 (Police dog services) are like any other police services, hence free of charge.
Out of the 34 participants, 30 were from police and 4 from the Special Forces Command.