ZAMBOANGA CITY: The police force here is asking the City Government to purchase five K9 dogs to help build up the security of the city.
A police dog, often referred to as a K9, is a dog trained specifically to assist police and other law-enforcement personnel in their work.
ZCPO Director Angelito Casimiro said with the ample support personnel, they lack the needed trained dogs for the activation of additional K9 units.
Casimiro said that if the city will purchase five K9s, four will be specially-trained on explosive detection while the remaining one on drugs.
Each dog, including the expenses for the training, costs P1.5 million each.
A K9 unit usually consists of a trained dog and a handler and, in some instances, with an assistant handler, he added.
A K9 unit is needed in public places such as the Fort Pilar, Paseo del Mar, Plaza del Pilar and the city’s business district to sniff explosives or detect illicit substances such as drugs.
Casimiro disclosed that at present, their explosive ordnance demolition team one only unit of K9, and they often get help from K9 units of the Regional Public Safety Battalion and that of the Philippine Coast Guard.
In many jurisdictions, the intentional injuring or killing of a K9 police dog is considered a felony.