The Dog Section was reintroduced to the Royal Gibraltar Police as an operational tool to policing in July 2013 after over a twenty year absence.
The General Purpose Police Dogs and Detection Dogs are trained in a wide variety of drug- related and explosive materials and/or components scent identification. Together with their handlers, the police dogs provide a crucial tool in dealing with violent incidents and reducing the threat to officers’ personal safety. They also carry out search-related work to help identify potential criminals as well as vulnerable members of our community.
Following the launch of Project Servator on the 1st June 2018, the Dog Section also form part of the various resources that are employed during unpredictable deployments undertaken across Gibraltar to deter, detect and disrupt terrorism and wider criminality.
Dog Section police officers and their canine colleagues require initial training, reaccreditation and ad hoc training throughout the year and continually evolve to meet the operational requirements of the constantly changing environment they operate in.