KYNOPOL Conference on 'Improving Law Enforcement Canine Capability to combat shared European current and emerging threats'

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30 January 2019

Under the umbrella of the KYNOPOL project, the international scientific-professional conference on 'Improving Law Enforcement Canine Capability to combat shared European current and emerging threats' was held in Budapest on 16-17 October 2018 with representatives from 19 EU countries, USA and Canada.

The aim of the conference was to improve law enforcement canine capability to combat shared European current and emerging threats through sharing best practices and experiences of the partner law enforcement agencies regarding the training and application of drug, explosives and poisoning against-wildlife detection dogs.

The event was organized by the Hungarian Police Education and Training Centre and the National University of Public Services.

Kynopol ConferenceA foreign audience from 20 countries with their Hungarian colleagues listened to the speakers from foreign and Hungarian law enforcement agencies, academic world and private security sector who gave in-sight into the current challenges and tried to offer solutions to the threat that can be derived from drug, explosives etc.

The Hungarian and foreign speakers presented the professional and scientific work or progress and results regarding service dogs. The presentations (programme) provided good opportunity to compare the international practices to each other in order to utilize and adapt them into national practices.

Speakers talked about the current and emerging threats regarding improvised explosive device and Fentanyl based narcotics. The audience was introduced into the hazard of the concerned materials and the struggle for detection and counteracting of them.

kynopol conference Gary Creed CanadaColleague from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police spoke about their breeding program with which they are able to satisfy their demand concerning dog supply. It was interesting to hear that they involve civilians and police officers on voluntary basis into the different phase of breeding and socialization of the dogs in order to lower the expense.

Speakers from the academic sphere introduced the latest results of their research of smelling skills and olfactory organ of the dogs.

The representatives of private security companies spoke about the training, application and certification activities regarding explosive-detection dogs they use at Hungarian airports.

The speakers pinned down that several promising technological developments have come up recently to detect and identify the components of narcotics and explosives but none of them can reach or exceed the capability of olfactory of the dogs and their application is cumbersome. Therefore, the scent detection instruments are still not capable to replace Man’s best friend but the technical equipment is able to supplement or support them in the fight against crime.

On the second day of the event, a meeting was held with the representatives of Kynopol member states where they discussed the next activities of the Kynopol regarding study visits in different countries.

The Kynopol representatives consider Kynopol as the main platform in point of cooperation and knowledge sharing concerning different aspects of service dogs and recognize that the continuation of network activities requires commitment and active involvement from the member states to continue and enhance its activity.

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