Cadaver Dogs To Assist K9 In Searches Of Buried Bodies, Blood

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 3 (Bernama) -- The police dog unit (K9) will acquire cadaver dogs which can detect human remains buried underground or submerged in the water like lake, sea or river.

Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Mohd Bakri Zinin said dog handlers from Finland would be enlisted to train the dogs for six months at the end of the year.

"Cadaver dogs can locate not only dead bodies in hidden areas but also blood and this will facilitate the CID in our probes at crime scenes," he told reporters after launching the K9 badge here Wednesday.

The K9 unit now has 145 dogs, including 30 dogs (18 German Shepherds and 12 Labradors) acquired from Germany and Czechoslovakia last December, he added.

"The recently acquired dogs are being trained by K9 dog handlers to detect crime suspects, drugs, firearms and explosives nationwide, including in Sabah and Sarawak," he said, adding that 40 more dogs would be procured next year.

Mohd Bakri said the success of the unit would help the police achieve their National Key Results Area (NKRA) targets.

"We are deploying two or three K9 dogs in hot spots in housing areas, industrial estates and business zones.

"From public feedbacks, 80 per cent of 2,000 respondents welcomed the idea of placing K9 dogs in housing areas as it will strike fear into criminals," he added.

Mohd Bakri said new K9 units in Langkawi and Bintulu, Sarawak would start operation this year while two more units would be set up in Sabah and Perak.

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