Training course for drug and explosive detection dog handlers / Organisation of an exercise at the airport
From 25 to 29 June 2018, a training course for 12 drug and explosive detection dog handlers was held in Accra, financed by the International Cooperation Directorate funds allocated for the year 2018.
From 25 to 29 June 2018, a training course for 12 drug and explosive detection dog handlers was held in Accra, financed by the International Cooperation Directorate funds allocated for the year 2018. The training took place at the recently completely renovated National Dog Training Academy.
This Academy, managed by the Ghanaian Army, includes 35 dogs, including attack and explosive detection dogs that depend on the military as well as drug detection dogs assigned to the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB). Ultimately, the academy should become a training centre open to security forces from neighbouring countries, and thus become the first of its kind in the sub-region.
Initially, the two French experts from the Cannes-Ecluse Dog Technical Units Training Centre, Brigadier Yann ORLOWISCZ and Brigadier Cédric BARBIER, both specialists in explosives detection and drug detection, evaluated the 6 dogs and 12 trainees (6 military and 6 NACOB) present. During this evaluation our two experts focused on raising the level of interaction between handlers and dogs.
A full-scale exercise was held at Kotoka Airport in Accra. The exercise, which aimed to put the acquired knowledge into practice, took place in the cargo area and allowed the trainees and their animals to work in a situation in the cargo area.
During the closing ceremony held in the presence of the Academy and NACOB officials, the head of the Academy requested that this cooperation be continued next year in order to make its establishment a place of excellence in the training of Ghanaian dog handlers but also from neighbouring countries, making the National Dog Training Academy the first centre of this type in the sub-region to serve the safety of all.