Thursday, July 15, 2021

Jaipur airport’s first dog squad retires after serving for a decade

Jaipur: The first batch of dogs inducted in the CISF team at Jaipur airport in 2012 retired on Wednesday after serving the force for nearly a decade.

The six dogs — three males and three females — are sniffers who in their careers have had many laurels to their names, including participating in the Republic Day parade and serving at Srinagar airport apart from sniffing out contrabands. Additionally, five dogs were inducted into the squad as their seniors bowed out.

After successful completion of 10 years of service, the male dogs namely Bario, Edision and Benson along with their female colleagues Xena, Krissy and Edana retired in a ceremony held at the CISF unit line. All the dogs are Labradors, which were born in 2011 within months of each other. They underwent training at dog training centres in couple of locations of paramilitary forces though the new batches of the canines have graduated from CISF dog training centre in Ranchi. While Army gives rank to their canine colleagues, the CISF does not at present.

During their service, Bario participated in All India Police meet held in 2019 while Edana participated in inter-sector competition at RTC Behror in the same year. She was also deployed at Srinagar Airport for internal security duties from February 2020 to January 2021. Bension participated in the 70th Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

15/07/21 Yashika Budhwar/Times of India

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