In an effort to check the inflow of drugs in jails of the state, the Punjab government has decided to deploy sniffer dogs. Under the project, eight high-breed sniffer dogs have been inducted into the police force and sent to the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, for training. This was stated by Punjab jails minister Sohan Singh Thandal.
After training, these sniffer dogs would be deployed at the central jails in Ludhiana, Amritsar, Bathinda, Patiala, Nabha, Gurdaspur, Ferozepur and Jalandhar.
Thandal stated that after seeing the response to the project, sniffer dogs would be deployed at all jails in Punjab. He added that with the deployment of sniffer dogs in jails, Punjab had become the first state in the country to adopt this traditional and highly reliable method for search operations. He said these dogs would undergo special training for 32 weeks.