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Prison department has big plans for K9 unit

POLIS KAJANG

KAJANG: They may be the youngest team of working dogs in the civil service but the Prison Department’s K9 unit does not plan to remain the underdog.

“While we are not as high profile as the police, Customs and Fire and Rescue departments, our job is just as important,” said unit head Asst Supt Abdul Hamid Mohammad.

According to ASP Abdul Hamid, he has high hopes for the unit, and there are plans to expand it nationwide.

“We eventually hope to train and breed our own dogs,” he said, adding that a RM5mil allocation had been given to upgrade the unit in the next two years.

The money will also be used to set up another unit in Penang and for purchasing more dogs and vehicles.

Although currently serving prisons in the central zone, the unit has also served as far away as Sabah to guard prisons during Ops Daulat.

With the slogan “Prevent, Detect, Guard”, the unit currently consists of 27 prison officers and 18 dogs.

Each dog is paired with one handler, and both are trained for specific duties, such as detection or guard duty.

-THE STAR

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