Canine Police team trained for drug, explosive interdiction
Written by Maj. William Mott, STT, 1st Bn., 12th Cav. Regt., 3rd AAB, 1st Cav. Div. Wednesday, July 20, 2011
BASRAH, Iraq - The police working dog program for the Iraqi police here in Basrah is expanding with assistance from Stability Transition Team Enforcer, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division.
The police have started to maximize the use of these highly trained and skilled canines. They currently have seven dogs trained for detecting explosives and drugs, and plan to add five more to the team.
“These dogs are extremely exceptional.” said Maj. Kevin Kreie, a military police officer with the STT who works with the canine team trainers. Kreie, witnessed their capabilities during a recent visit for an assessment of the canines and their handlers. He further explained that the dogs are able to respond not only to explosive materials that are present, but can alert the handler of an odor indicating a residue of a cache that was moved.
This canine team is another weapon against terrorism and explosive smuggling through the 55 checkpoints in Basrah. ..
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