Australian Labrador Super Dogs Improve APEC Security

 |  Aug 14th 2007  |   1 Contribution

Thanks to Yahoo News for this article.

'Super' dogs to improve APEC security

They'll be a vital part of the operation to protect the APEC leaders' meeting in Sydney next month and they're worth $90,000 each.

Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has met some of the 24 newly-trained Australian Federal Police (AFP) explosive detection dogs which will be deployed to the APEC meeting.

Their task is deadly serious and dangerous, but to the labradors it is just a big game.

The labradors have 220 million olfactory sensory cells, compared to five million in humans.

AFP bomb detection chief Phil Spence said he was confident there was no way the dogs would fail to sniff out explosives planted in areas they searched.

"I'm a bomb tech by trade," Superintendent Spence said.

"I'm totally confident that the dogs will find explosives if they're there."

Mr Ruddock said $170 million was being spent on APEC security.

"The point I make about APEC is that it is the largest dignitary protection event Australia has ever held," he told reporters.

After APEC, the handlers of the 22 dogs will be assigned a second dog trained in drug detection.

The 22 canine teams will then join 15 existing teams based at airports.

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