Camp Col Romeo A Abendan, Zamboanga City – The Police Regional Office 9 through the Explosive Ordinance Division (EOD)-K9 Group conducted 180-days Basic Explosive Detection and Handlers Course held at PRO9 Firing Range, Camp Col Romeo A Abendan, Mercedes, Zamboanga City.
PBGEN Jesus D Cambay, Jr., PRO9 Regional Director said a total of 46 uniformed personnel assigned at the different police stations and offices in the region as handlers with their respective dog participated in the six-month trainings who will formed the additional K9 team set to augment the EOD in the event that their service will be needed.
“The K9 team, which composed of explosives detection dogs with two handlers will be trained with the various search conduct, such as open search, baggage search, building or room search and vehicle search to detect the odor and presence of explosives, thus enhance the PNP’s ability to protect facilities and resources, prevent crime and provide law enforcement services” he added.
The Regional Director sees that one of the most effective counter measures to the increasing use of terrorist and criminals is the deterent value and the detection capability of the K9 team.
These K9 teams will be employed in the checkpoints and roadblocks; cordon and search operations; force protection and anti-terrorism operations; suspicious and unattended package response; bomb threats; high-risk personnel searches; access control points and aircraft and luggages searches.