Recently, the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) got five Cocker Spaniels to help Central Industry Security Force (CISF) tighten the airport security at Indira Gandhi International Airport’s (IGIA).
The 5 Cocker Spaniels includes 3 males (Rocky, John, and Hero) and two females (Maggi and Janu). These dogs will dedicatedly support and help strengthen the security at the Delhi airport.
They will be responsible for maintaining security at airport forecourt, parking lots, city-side, and cargo terminals. Raxa (DIAL’s security force) will be handling the dogs. They will assist the CISF and the Delhi Police in keeping a watch.
The dog squad was established in March, 2017 at Indira Gandhi International Airport’s (IGIA) to strengthen the security.
Dogs trained in Andhra Pradesh Police Academy
All the canines are 9 months old and arrived at the Delhi airport after completing a 4-month rigorous training course at the Andhra Pradesh Police Academy in Hyderabad. Five more trained dogs are expected to arrive soon, an official said.
“These dogs would be an additional layer to the existing security system. We especially chose Cocker Spaniel as this breed is known to be very efficient at sniffing out suspicious items. At the same time, they are not ferocious and are very friendly with the public. As airport is a crowded place, we did not want the passengers to be scared of dogs. Cocker Spaniels are smart, quiet, and friendly. With their induction, we have a stronger hand when it comes to maintaining the vigil,” an officer said.
Besides, DIAL also has its own Bomb Detection Squad, being taken care of by the Raxa personnel.
“We have advanced equipment to detect explosives, and our personnel in different teams keep patrolling the areas outside the terminal building. Since the airport is a huge area, we work in shifts, and round-the-clock vigil is maintained. When a threat is located, Raxa personnel immediately rope in the CISF or the Delhi Police, as they are the authorized agencies to take further action in this regard,” an official at the airport said.
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