Yesterday, Krasnodar hosted a solemn opening of the regional competition among the dog handlers on the UMVD-OMVD. 50 policemen with their four-footed helpers will be competing for the victory.
The competition features three stages. At the first stage, "the four-footed policemen" demonstrated the apprehension of a criminal, the guarding and convoying of a suspect, and the search of the luggage and vehicles. The second stage that will take part today will provide for the sniffer dogs to find explosives and a person the crowd having drugs on them. During the third stage which will take part on April 27, the service dogs have to trace down people and search rooms and vehicles.
Dog handler Alexander Fomin ŤŪÓŽÓ„ from Cossack village Otradnaya has been friends with his spaniel Nelma for 4 years already. The sniffer dog specializes in searching for explosives and weapons. Recently, Alexander and Nelma have returned from Sochi where there were enforcing the law.
"Mostly, we ensure the safety at concerts and other crowded events which take place in our town," Alexander says. "Despite the fact that it is our second competition, we still hope for the victory!"
Labrador dog Dana of Sergey Syrbu from the Shcherbinovsky District has been with the police for less than one year. Yet it showed itself as an excellent drug sniffer. Dana goes on "missions" several times a week. No case has been false so far. According to the policeman, Dana is kind and quiet yet it does not prevent her from solving crimes.
Policeman Nikolay Samarsky and his sniffer dog Nord are well known to the residents of Primosrsk-Akhtarsk. Almost each crime taken up by German shepherd Nord is solved hotfoot. Thus, the other day, the control room received a report on a car theft. Guards of law found the stolen car a day later in an abandoned gulley. The question of the criminal would have remained open but for Nord. It picked up the trail of the found car and led the policeman over 5 kilometers across the fields till they reached one of the private houses on the outskirts of the resort town. A 19-year-old local resident was very surprised to see a policeman on the threshold. He immediately confessed having stolen the car.
Competitions are of course no solving real crimes but the "four-footed policemen" will have to do their best as well. For example, the general training course provides for the dogs unquestionably obeying their masters - keeping apace with the master without lagging behind even if the policeman starts running. At the same time, it is forbidden to step across the border of the enclosed area. The dogs also have to follow a dog handler's orders given by voice and gesture at a distance.
The top dog handlers and their loyal four-footed friends in the general search and special category will be announced on April 27.
Press Service of Russia's MVD Main Administration for Krasnodar Krai