Deputy Commissioner of Police Special Operation Donald Yamasombi during the Dog Unit Directorate’s first parade said that the Police Dog Unit is a vibrant police operational unit in Papua New Guinea.
DCP Yamasombi was accompanied by officers from the Australian Federal Police and the recently appointed Director of the Dog Unit, acting Superintendent Daniel Yangen.
He said he was pleased with the turn out of the members of the Dog Unit during the parade he said the Dog Unit Directorate is a special directorate in the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary that has done many good things in many police operations.
Yamasombi added, “Going forward, the members must find ways to upgrade the directorate and roll the unit out into other provinces as well where it is not operating at the moment.”
Currently, there are Dog Unit facilities in Port Moresby and Lae and only a few other towns in the country.
“The dogs that are trained by the handlers at the Bomana Dog Unit Base perform different roles.” He added,
“Some are trained for general policing duties, while others are trained to sniff for drugs and explosives.”
DCP Yamasombi also challenged the officers to make sure that their dogs are attentive and responsive to their commands.
He further added that going forward, there will be more community engagement programs in which the dog unit officers will be conducting awareness among the communities in the city and also participate in road shows with their dogs.
Meanwhile, Director for Dog Unit, Superintendent Daniel Yangen Yangen, said he is looking forward to working with the police officers in the directorate and he is looking forward to helping transform the directorate.