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Detector Dogs are important partners of Customs officers in the battle against drug traffickers. After the "911" terrorist attacks, the Customs and Excise Department also deploys detector dogs specially trained to detect explosives. Besides, cash detector dogs are first introduced to assist the enforcement of the legislation on “Cross-boundary Movement of Physical Currency and Bearer Negotiable Instruments” commenced on 16th July 2018. There are 57 detector dogs, including 51 drug detector dogs, 2 explosive detector dogs and 4 cash detector dogs being deployed for the mission to detecting drugs, explosives and large amount of cash respectively at the airport, land boundary control points and container terminals.


Types

The Department has three types of detector dogs, including:

All of our detector dogs are passive-alert detector dogs. They respond upon detection of suspicious objects by reacting in a non-intrusive way e.g. sit quietly in front of the object. They are deployed to screen travellers, personal baggage, cargoes and cross-boundary conveyance at Customs checkpoints.

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Origins and training places

Customs Detector Dogs are mainly originated from the Mainland, the United Kingdom and Canada. They received basic detector dog training from their respective training institutes before joining the Customs and Excise Department. Besides, a few detector dogs are adopted from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and are successfully trained as detector dogs.

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Breeds

Customs Detector Dogs comprise 2 breeds, including 50 heads of Labrador Retriever and 7 heads of English Springer Spaniel.

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel

Customs Detector Dogs