Chennai, May 22 (). For the first time in the history of Tamil Nadu Police, the Coimbatore city police has appointed two women constables as sniffer dogs.
Two policemen – Kavipriya (25) and Bhavani (26) are currently undergoing training to handle sniffer dogs.
Coimbatore City Police Commissioner V. Balakrishnan told media persons, “I have decided to give opportunity to women police constables to become sniffer dog handlers, as till now this was done only by male policemen.”
Apart from B.Ed, Kavipriya has done B.Sc in Physics and has undergone training in Police Recruitment School (PRS). He is posted in the Coimbatore City Armed Reserve Police Force.
Speaking to , Kavipriya said she is fond of pets and had seen the capabilities of the Dog Detective Squad during her training at PRS.
He said that after being posted to the Coimbatore Armed Forces Squad, senior officers asked if any women police personnel were interested in joining the Dog Detective Squad and they immediately accepted the offer.
Bhavani hails from Theni in southern Tamil Nadu and did her BA in English Literature before pursuing her Bachelor of Physical Education (B.Ped). She told that she also loves pets and took the opportunity when asked by senior officials.
Kavipriya is allotted a sniffer dog named Vilma, who is a trained tracking dog, while Bhavani is allotted a sniffer dog named Madhana, who is adept at sniffing out drugs.
Both the women police personnel are undergoing training at the Coimbatore City Police Commissionerate from May 1 and will be inducted into the Dog Detective Squad after six months of training.