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October 18th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) 17 street dogs are the newest members of the Police Canine force, being trained to detect explosives, narcotics and currency by the Ministry of Public Security.
The program began back in July, when dozens of “candidates” were taken off the streets and put through a selection process. Of these, 17 have passed, becoming the latest members of the police canine forces and have already begun their official training.
“These dogs were adopted by the K-9 units belonging to the specialized units of the Fuerza Publica. The dogs were brought by citizens and organized groups who selflessly brought them [to the program]. It’s important because it will be a service to society, these dogs will strengthen police work in the country,” an official said.
Experts from Colombia will be in Costa Rica to assist with training the dogs, and their handlers. Once training is completed, the dogs will be seen working in ports, schools, borders, airports, and more.