Jaipur Airport's first canine squad retires after a decade-long service

CSIF's first batch of sniffer dog squad at Jaipur Airport takes their final bow after 10 years of dedicated service

In a historic moment, the first dog squad in the CSIF team at Jaipur Airport took their final bow on Wednesday, after serving for a decade. This batch of 6 canines, 3 males and 3 females, were deployed in 2012 as sniffers and have bagged many laurels to their names during this tenure. As per reports, 5 new dogs have been inducted to continue operations in their lieu.


Retirement Pawty for Jaipur Airport's dog squad

Serving a designated tenure of 10 years, male dogs Bario, Edison, Benson along with their female counterparts Xena, Krissy and Edena were rewarded with a retirement ceremony at the CSIF unit line. All 6 of these are labradors, who were born in 2011 - within months of each other. They were trained at various centres at a couple of locations at parliamentary forces. They were all deployed on duty as CSIF's first canine force at the Jaipur Airport in 2012.

The dogs have participated in the Republic Day parade and have also served at Srinagar Airport, besides sniffing out contraband. Individually, Bario has participated at the All India Police meet in 2019, while Edena appeared in an inter-sector competition at RTC Behror in the same year. It was also deployed on security duty at the Srinagar airport from February 202 to January 2021. Benson was part of the New Delhi parade on the 70th Republic Day.

CSIF Dog squad usually work through a decade of service, during which their monthly salary of ₹11,000 covers their upkeep. Some of these dogs are allowed one year of extension, till their replacement is deployed. After their retirement, they are usually handed over to private dog handlers.

As per reports, a cavalry of 5 will take over the sniffer post from the first lot. Labradors too, this batch consists of 4 males and only 1 female namely Prince, Max, Britto, Rocky and Moly. These have been trained at the CSIF dog training centre in Ranchi, read reports. All of them were born in 2020 and are about 6 months old. The canine fleet will be a part of the security wing of the Jaipur International Airport.

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