By Theckla Gunga – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The inclusion of five pure bred German Shepherd puppies to the Port Moresby Police Dog Unit is a beef up to the number of police dogs.
The puppies were flown in from Australia and given to the unit in order to see them trained as police dogs. These pups will be taking part in security operations for the 2018 Asia Pacific Economic Committee or APEC Summit.
These seven-month old puppies were donated by OMI Limited, a non-governmen organisation that focuses on improving health, education and community safety.
OMI Limited’s General Manager, James Inglis, who personally assisted in bringing up these puppies says although the puppies are now with the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, OMI will still be assisting in their training to become police dogs.
Police dogs are specialists for tracking suspects, detecting explosives and crowd control.
For the APEC Security Operation, police will be depending on dogs to do special operations, especially sniffing of drugs and explosives.
The donation is the first of its kind in many years, and these puppies will be trained for official police duties.
Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, when receiving the puppies said the inclusion is significant for the force because police dogs play important roles in major police operations.
Meanwhile, renovation work is being done on the old police dog kennels.
A naming competition will later be staged to select names for the puppies.
At the moment, they are yet to be named.