461 dogs are currently active in the various specialist areas. 197 of them specialize in explosives, 178 in the detection of drugs, banknotes and firearms, 11 in rescue and recovery, six in the recovery of human remains and three in the detection of fire accelerators. A total of 66 dogs are in training. Home Secretary Fernando Grande-Marlaska presided over the award ceremony for six dogs of the National Police. At this event he was accompanied by the general director of the police, Francisco Pardo Piqueras, and the deputy director operational, Jos ngel Gonzlez.
The six dogs that were honored this morning by the Minister of the Interior are Ginger, stationed in Alicante; Alva in Malaga; Bull in Las Palmas on Gran Canaria; Neo in Malaga; Yuko in Alicante; and Elko de Parayas, assigned to the Special Operations Group (GEO). All of them are specialists in drug, banknote and weapon detection, with the exception of Elko de Parayas, who specializes in attacks.
It was 1945, 75 years ago, when the Canine Guides Section was founded with only eight German Shepherd Dogs to fight the crime of the time. Two years later, the Police Canine Training School was established, whose mission was to train dog handlers and the care, preparation and training of dogs for the conduct of powder magazine custody services, the pursuit of escape, and the reproduction and breeding of specimens.
In addition to Madrid, the special unit for dog handlers is deployed in 19 other peripheral units: Barcelona, Seville, Bilbao, La Corua, Las Palmas on Gran Canaria, Malaga, Valencia, Oviedo, Saragossa, Algeciras, La Linea de la Concepcin, Santander, Palmas from Mallorca, Badajoz, Valladolid, Cdiz, Murcia, Ceuta and Alicante. A total of 237 National Police agents are currently assigned to this unit.
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