New Police Dog Training Center Approved For Pune District

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Pune, 8th November 2023: In a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde today, approval was granted for the establishment of a state-of-the-art police dog training center in Mauje Gojubavi, Baramati taluka, Pune district.

The decision comes as a response to the current condition of the existing dog training center in Pune, which is not only dilapidated but also lacks adequate training facilities. Presently, the dog squad comprises 350 dogs, serving various roles such as crime detection, bomb detection, narcotics detection, guard duty, patrol, and 120 in the BDDS squad.

Currently, only 20 dogs and handlers are trained in Pune, highlighting the need for an expanded and modernized training facility. The newly proposed center is designed to accommodate the simultaneous training of 50 dogs, addressing the current limitations.

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Spanning an area of approximately 7 hectares, the center aims to not only enhance the training capabilities for the existing dog squad but also serve other organizations in the future. Departments like the Forest Department, Excise Duty, Jails, and SDRF will have the opportunity to utilize the facility for their respective dog training needs.

Furthermore, plans include the establishment of a dog breeding center at the site. To oversee the health and well-being of the dogs, two crucial positions will be created—one Veterinary Officer and one Assistant Veterinary Officer.

The cabinet has allocated a budget of Rs 56.76 crores for the development of this comprehensive dog training center. The investment reflects the government’s commitment to providing the necessary resources for the efficient training and utilization of police dogs in the region.