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K9 officer sniffs his way to a service medal<span><p>The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Chief, today, paid tribute to a shining star in the department’s K9 Unit.</p><p>K9 officer Savage, a three-year-old Sable German Shepherd, has been putting in a stellar performance in 2019, sniffing out drugs at a rate of knots. </p><p>The Metro Police K9 Unit consists of 25 canines, 20 of whom are on active duty and specialising in the detection of narcotics, explosives and copper.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1181px;" /> </figure></span><p>Three are currently on training, one is breeding and another one has been seconded to assist the Law Enforcement Metal Theft Unit.</p><p>Officer Savage and his handler, Constable Mosuli Faku, have been working together for nearly three years and the pair have been star performers for the K9 Unit this year.</p><p>In the last six months, officer Savage accounted for six arrests and the confiscation of:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">85 units of unga</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">690,5 mandrax tablets</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">69 units and 18,29 grams of cocaine</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">424 bankies and 202,88 grams of tik</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">dagga: 104 stoppe, two bags and 515 bankies</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">cash to the value of R2 630</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The estimated street value of the drugs recovered by the K9 is R160 000.</div></li></ul><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><span><p>‘A number of our canines are new, and so officer Savage is setting a wonderful example for the rest of the team. His performance in the first six months of this year has been noteworthy indeed, and has ranged from sniffing out drugs hidden in trees and even underground. Officer Savage is an asset to our efforts to curb the illicit drug trade, and we felt it appropriate to award him with a service medal in recognition of his efforts,’ said Metro Police Chief, Wayne Le Roux.</p><p>In the twelve months between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019, the Metro Police K9 Unit has achieved numerous successes. These included:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">156 arrests (66% of these were drug-related)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">186 operations (both joint and autonomous, vehicle check points etc.)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">2 vehicles recovered</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">5 firearms recovered/confiscated</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">86 rounds of ammunition recovered/confiscated</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">4 226,25 units of drugs confiscated</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R33 471,80 in cash confiscated</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">4 765 units of abandoned drugs confiscated</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">30 rounds of abandoned ammunition recovered</div></li></ul> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1898px;" /> </figure></span><p>‘Our specalised units perform a very critical function, in particular our canines. Over the years, drug dealers have become increasingly creative in hiding their wares, but our dogs are up to the task. They have enlightened their handlers with these finds, so now officers know how to adjust their search patterns when they conduct operations. </p><p>‘We are very proud of the work done by our K9 Unit, both during enforcement and also through their education and awareness outreaches. They have helped us develop strong bonds with communities, particularly in teaching children about the role of law enforcement, but they are also a criminal’s worst nightmare. It’s a perfect balance,’ added Chief Le Roux.</p><p><strong>End</strong></p><span>​​</span>2019-07-08T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#6e80f05d-b46b-442b-be7d-d0ea470f2857;L0|#06e80f05d-b46b-442b-be7d-d0ea470f2857|dogs;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#1a546bcb-c1b0-428e-8480-5272917b4891;L0|#01a546bcb-c1b0-428e-8480-5272917b4891|canine unit;GP0|#4bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec;L0|#04bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec|law enforcement1

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