2012 OLYMPICS AND THE ROLE OF THE EXPLOSIVE DETECTION DOG IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
During the games, it’s estimated that more than 800 searches involving police dogs will be carried out everyday. The searches would be of stadiums, of deliveries to the venues and of transport routes.
Some of the training will happen at Bristol City stadium Ashton Gate to give the dogs a chance to get used to the kind of venues they’ll be working in during the games.The most popular dogs used are Cocker Spaniels,Labradors and Springer Spaniels.
Each explosive detection dog must undergo at least 20 days of training a year to be accredited for active work and this latest round of training, which took place in December, contributes to that. During the searches the handlers look to build up the dogs’ stamina so that they can search for longer periods and stay focused on the task. Searching is high intensity and dogs can get nasal fatigue if unaccustomed to lengthy searches. The dogs also have to be able to identify a wide range of different explosives.There are two types of sniffer dogs-passive detection dogs that look for homemade or military style explosives and the second being proactive detection dogs, that search for explosives in the more traditional manner, such as in luggage or handbags.
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