Police K-9 Unit (Singapore)
The Police K-9 Unit (Chinese: 警犬组), formerly the Police Dog Unit (PDU) is a specialist force of the Singapore Police Force (SPF) under the direct command of the Special Operations Command. It specializes in the training of police dogs in explosive detection, drug detection, guard duties, anti-crime operations and general purposes. The Singapore K-9 unit works in collaboration with the rest of the SPF and the Home Team.
Dogs were first used in police work in Singapore when an Airedale Terrier was acquired from a British army officer to aid in the search of escaped prisoners in 1911, although this was ceased prematurely the following year when the dog perished. They did not return until the 1950s, when the positive experiences of utilising police dogs in the United Kingdom demonstrated their usefulness. This prompted the Singapore authorities to send Chief Inspector Frank C Pestana to the Metropolitan Dog Training School for a 3-month Dog Instructor Course in 1954.
Upon his return with four German Shepherds, the forerunner of the PDU was established at the Police Training School (now the Training Command) at Thomson Road in 1955. These dogs were used for a variety of roles, including the suppression of secret society activities, crowd control, anti-house breaking patrols and the tracking of criminals.
The PDU has since grown to over 250 dogs today. Its new base at Mowbray Road was officially opened on 31 January 2004, having moved to the Choa Chu Kang site from the old Mowbray Camp at Ulu Pandan Road together with the Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command.
- The Official Opening of the Police K-9 Unit Base on Saturday at The Police Dog (K-9) Unit, 2 Mowbray Road (off Choa Chu Kang Way) - Speech By Mr Wong Kan Seng, Minister For Home Affairs, 31 Jan 04 at 10 am
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