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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 1:56 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 1:56 AM (IST)

Tom and Peter: Special cops of the prison department

Rachna Khaira

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 16

Tommy  and Peter are not normal dogs. They are prison  department’s adorable Labradors and special cops. They are expert in detecting Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) or narcotics hidden inside or on the body of a person. When not working, they wriggle around the campus of Kapurthala Modern Jail getting an adorable look even from dreaded gangsters lodged inside the jail.

But according to their handler Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Salwinder Singh, when Peter and Tommy are on mission, they are all business. Highly trained to sniff out heroine, poppy husk, cannabis, intoxicant injections like morphine etc, the dogs are on the job to detect presence of narcotics inside the Modern jail. 

“They came here around two years back after getting 32 week-long training from Police Training Academy, Phillaur. Since then, they are on the job to detect narcotics from over 400 to 500 jail inmates every day,” said Singh. 

Both the special cops have actually proved their mettle in one year of their first posting. They have identified over 56 inmates carrying narcotics related products and had even detected over 50 mobile phones which were touched by hands having smell of narcotics. 

At present, while the Punjab Prisons Department has over eight dogs that are specialised to detect narcotics. Besides Tommy and Peter, Pinky is deployed in Amritsar Central Jail; Noorie is deployed in Ferozpur, Tiger is deployed in Modern Jail at Faridkot and Moti is at Ludhiana Central Jail. Another dog Jimmy is deployed in Patiala Central Jail and Rocky in Bathinda Central Jail.  

According to another dog handler head Warden Joginder Pal, both the dogs have also won Obedience wards consecutively for the last two years. 

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