Activities of cynological service in the 1st half of 2017
The cynological service of the customs authorities of the Republic of Belarus includes 6 departments of the cynological service, two groups of cynologists in the operational divisions of customs and the chair of cynologists of the educational institution "State Institute for Advanced Training and Retraining of Customs Authorities of the Republic of Belarus".
The customs authorities of the Republic of Belarus have succeeded this year in the framework of countering the illegal movement of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances across the customs border of the Eurasian Economic Union in the Republic of Belarus.
The work of the cynological service of the customs authorities of the Republic of Belarus has also contributed to the achievement of positive results of countering drug trafficking.
Service dogs carried out the tasks to search and detect narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances, as well as other goods illegally transported across the customs border of the Eurasian Economic Union in the Republic of Belarus that have an individual odor. Service dogs can be used at all checkpoints located in the field of activity of the customs authorities of the Republic of Belarus.
In the first half of 2017 cynologists independently, as well as in cooperation with other structural subdivisions of customs and law enforcement authorities of the Republic of Belarus, prevented about 52 attempts of illegal movement, storage or use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
About 300 kg of drugs and psychotropic substances, as well as about 860 items of medicines containing psychotropic substances, were seized during the illegal transfer across the customs border with the participation of cynologists.
For example, officials of Gomel customs with the use of a service dog found a plastic bundle with a dark green substance of plant origin in the back of the passenger seat at “Novaya Guta” checkpoint during the customs inspection of the bus "Kiev-Minsk". Based on the results of the examination, the found substance was a dangerous drug - marijuana.
In the first half of 2017 on the basis of chair " Cynologists " of the State Institute for Advanced Training and Retraining of Customs Authorities of the Republic of Belarus, 11 officers of the cynologists units of customs with service dogs have been trained in the programs of professional retraining and advanced training.
In addition to professional training, cynologists and service dogs take an active part in the social and sport life of the customs service.
The Eighth Championship of Customs Authorities for the Professional All-round of Cynologists was organized for the first time on the basis of the training of the State Institute for Advanced Training and Retraining of Customs Authorities of the Republic of Belarus this year from 26 to 29 June.
According to the results of the competitions, the team prize places were distributed between the teams of Gomel, Grodno regional and Brest customs.
In the individual competition the best result was shown by the senior inspector of the cynological service department of Gomel custom Baidalov D.F. with service dog "Silver Larrelli Dazire".
In order to improve the quality of cynological units of customs authorities, Belarusian cynologists regularly interact and share their experience with foreign colleagues.
So, from May 1 to May 6, 2017, a training seminar of cynological subdivisions of customs authorities of the Republic of Belarus was organized and conducted on the basis of customs Minsk-2 and objects of the State Institute of Advanced Training and Retraining of Customs Authorities of the Republic of Belarus within the framework of the visit of experts from the Training Cynologists Center of the Belgian Federal Police;
For the first time the cynologists of the customs authorities of the Republic of Belarus took part in the competitions of the cynologists of the State Border Guard of Latvia (Rezekne). The experience gained in the use of service dogs in the EU countries will undoubtedly be useful for improving the skills of Belarusian cynologists.
In the framework of cooperation with colleagues from the CIS countries, at the end of March 2017, a working group of the Committee of Heads of Law Enforcement Departments of the Council of Heads of Customs Services of the CIS Member States took part in the Cynological Center of the FCS of Russia.
In the first half of 2017, cynologists of customs authorities paid special attention to preventive work to counter the spread of narcotic drugs among young people. Repeatedly, cynologists took part in demonstration performances for pupils of educational institutions.
In addition, in 2017, certain measures were implemented in accordance with the Concept for the Development and Improvement of the Cynological Service of the Customs Authorities of the Republic of Belarus until 2020, and work was carried out to provide technical support for the cynological units of the customs authorities of the Republic of Belarus within the framework of a number of projects under international technical assistance.