The Policía Local now have a 4-year-old sniffer-dog, Linda which is an Alsatian or German Shepherd, if you prefer.
The official title of this police department within the municipal police is the Unidad Canina de Intervención y Detección (U.C.I.D).
Besides sniffing out drugs, it will also be used for security in public buildings and crowd control.
The dog handler, Prudencio Rubio, is a municipal policeman with the required dog-handling training. He also happens to be the animal’s owner.
The Mayor of Salobreña, María Eugenia Rufino, welcomed this new canine addition to the local, police force… from a safe distance and stated that this police dog will hopefully change the perception of the municipal police officers as people there to help you than somebody out there to hand out fines. Not quite sure how that works; it’s a bloody great Alsatian not a cuddly Koala bear, after all.
She pointed out that Linda would be used to sniff out drugs around school perimeters, within gardens & parks and also conflictive areas of town.
She concluded by saying that next month four new police officers would join the Policía Local, thus making good a manpower deficiency.
(News: Salobrena, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)