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K9 Narcotics Tactical Unit Launched in Johannesburg

(People's Daily Online)  Liu Chang  2016-11-22 10:34


Group photo of K9 Unit with Executive Mayor of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba and Member of the Mayoral Committee for Public Safety Councilor Michael Sun. (Picture: People’s Daily Online/ Liu Chang)

Johannesburg, Nov 21 (People's Daily Online) - The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) launched the K9 Narcotics Tactical Unit on Monday, with a mandate to prevent crime and respond to serious and violent crimes. Due to the extensive nature of drug trafficking and using in Johannesburg, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Public Safety, Councilor Michael Sun gave a fresh mandate of focusing on narcotics to the K9 Unit.


K9 Unit members with thier sniffer dogs (Picture: People’s Daily Online/ Liu Chang)

According to Sun, currently comprising of 60 officers who are trained in special weapons and tactics, crime scene management and advanced driving, there is an intention to bolster the Unit with another 60 officers within the forthcoming financial years.

The unit will be working with South African Police Service (SAPS) and Crime Intelligence, South African Revenue Service (SARS), tracking companies, Community Police Forum (CPF) as well as business and communities to effectively respond and combat narcotics in Johannesburg.



K9 Unit members show how police dogs track drugs. (Picture: People’s Daily Online/ Liu Chang)


K9 Unit members standing next to thier brand new BMW police cars (Picture: People’s Daily Online/ Liu Chang)