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Meet gold medallist Micky: She has been sniffing out threats, one day at a time  

Trained to detect explosives and narcotics, Micky’s job is to keep ministers and high-ranking police officials safe by sniffing out their homes and offices.

punjab Updated: Dec 14, 2017 10:09 IST
Shub Karman Dhaliwal
Shub Karman Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Mohali
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Micky, a Labrador Retriever, on the job at the Punjab mini-secretariat in Chandigarh /Hindustan Times (Anil Dayal/HT)

Micky will soon be a mother, but that doesn’t stop her from fulfilling her daily duties as one of the best sniffer dogs of Punjab Police. With a gold medal from Police Training Academy in Phillaur, this five and a half-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever is an all-rounder in her field.

She entered the force in 2013 and is trained to detect explosives, narcotics and other dangerous chemically volatile material.

Her job is to keep ministers and high-ranking police officials safe by sniffing out their residences and offices.

ALL IN A DAY’S WORK

An early riser, Micky’s day starts when half the city is asleep and she returns to her abode in the afternoon after finishing the assigned tasks of the day. Apart from eggs and milk, she is also fed an adult active diet with additional nutrients. However, she is being given more nutrition now that she could give birth any day.

Owing to her pregnancy, Micky appears to be slightly dwarfed but her senses are as active as ever. She starts by sniffing out the residences of officials with Z+ security cover (highest security cover of 55 personnel, including more than 10 commandoes and police personnel), besides administrative blocks where offices of high-ranking officials and ministers are located.

A canine trainee said, “Mickey was brought to us from Sangrur in 2013. She was initially posted there after she completed her training programme at Phillaur. She has been with us ever since her stint in Sangrur and works with aplomb.”

ANTI-SABOTAGE TEAM

Micky also makes a daily trip to the residence of Manjinder Singh Bitta, who is the chairman of All India Anti-Terrorist Front. The former president of Indian National Youth Congress enjoys Z+ security as he was once allegedly attacked by militants in Delhi. Soon after that, Micky rides with the anti-sabotage team to Punjab Vidhan Sabha and takes a round of the building to sniff out possible threats.

After an inspection of Vidhan Sabha, she checks out Punjab Civil Secretariat where the chief minister and a majority of his cabinet sit along with heads of various departments that have offices in the building. Later, Micky moves on to inspect the Punjab Police headquarters where director general of police Suresh Arora sits with other senior officers.

EXPERT IN HER FIELD

One of the best in her field in the northern region, Punjab Police has also entrusted Micky with important events in the past. She was assigned with sniffing the stage and surrounding areas when former PM Manmohan Singh visited Mullanpur. She also got the same task during Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Sangrur.

Like any other professional with a stressful routine, Micky enjoys her meals and spends her free time sleeping in her kennel.

First Published: Dec 13, 2017 10:57 IST