Delhi Deteriorating Air Quality Makes Sniffer Dogs Unable to track suspects. Worsening air quality in the national Capital is making criminals breathe easy. The ‘tracker’ dogs of Delhi Police that are employed to pick up the trail from a crime scene are failing in their duties due to high pollution levels in the city.Delhi Police dog squad has 15 tracker and 45 sniffer dogs. The tracker cell spends Rs 40 lakh annually on the upkeep of its team which includes their special diet and vaccination. “When a tracker dog is taken to the crime spot, it ‘collects’ the scents from the scene based on the evidence left behind by the suspect. But pollution dilutes or messes up these samples,” a top police official told.
The official said that taking the tracker dog to a crime spot in the national Capital merely serves to “satisfy” the complainant. “In the rarest of cases, where the trackers help the cops about the direction in which the suspect had fled, the area of their operation remains confined within 20 to 30 metre. After that, concrete roads, pollution confuse the tracker,” said the official. “The trackers can be efficient only in rural areas,” he said and cited studies to support his claim.“Organic and synthetic chemicals, such as dioxins and organochlorines also affect the smelling power of a canine,” the police official said, adding that the situation gets the worst when smog or festive pollution makes the breathing difficult even for humans. Delhi Deteriorating Air Quality Makes Sniffer Dogs Unable to track suspects.
Animal experts believe there are other factors also responsible behind the failure of tracker dogs. “Pollution is just one impediment.”These inefficiencies can be removed by providing advanced training and better handler.” Prime role Crime experts said the role of a tracker must not be undermined due to unfriendly environment.DCP Rajan Bhagat, who is also incharge of the dog squad, said he was satisfied with the role played by the dog squad and stressed that police needed to improve the strength of the canine in the force. “Police dogs are categorised into two segments – trackers and sniffers. Delhi Police have around 60 Army-trained canines in their premier dog squad that includes around 15 trackers and 45 sniffers. Delhi Deteriorating Air quality makes tracker dogs.
The work of a tracker is to assist police in tracking and solving crime incidents. It also includes gathering of evidences from the crime spots. Currently, we have 60 canines in the dog squad but Delhi Police require around 150 more dogs. After inputs from the special cell of Delhi Police about possible terror attacks in the city, a demand of 100 dogs has been raised with the authorities,” Bhagat said.
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