- PNP is eyeing to reach 300 bomb-sniffing dogs by year end
- PNP currently has 200 K9 bomb-sniffing dogs while 45 others are undergoing training
- The 1st EOD/K9 Group Explosive Detection Dogs and Handlers Competition was also held to enhance the camaraderie and skills of K9 units
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is planning to reach at least 300 bomb-sniffing dogs by year end, according to an official of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Canine (EOD/K9) Group.
Deputy of the K9 division Superintendent Reynaldo Helaga said on Monday that the PNP has currently around 200 bomb-sniffing dogs while 45 others are still under training.
PNP is also evaluating 48 bomb-sniffing dogs for the procurement.
“Ongoing pa ‘yung 48 natin ngayon na evaluation, so within this year makukuha,” Supt. Helaga said. [Our 48 in this evaluation is still ongoing and we can have them this year.]
While the K9 division deputy admitted that 300 bomb-sniffing dogs are not enough, he said that 150 is the ideal number.
Meanwhile on Monday, at least 45 teams including members of the Special Action Force (SAF,) Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP,) Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSEGROUP,) National Capital Region Police Regional Office 4-A and PRO 3 participated in the very 1st EOD/K9 Group Explosive Detection Dogs and Handlers Competition.
The activity was held to enhance the camaraderie and skills of K9 units including the handlers to prepare them for significant situations not just in the Metro Manila area but nationwide.
Some of the K9 units which participated in the event were assigned in the war-torn city of Marawi.