They may look cute and furry, but
six new recruits to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service are dangerous – it
says so in the law.
The particular breed of
police-trained dogs being brought in by the RCIPS K-9 unit, the Malinois, are
listed in the regulations of the Cayman Islands Animals Law as ‘prohibited’
Generally, such animals are not
allowed into the Islands unless special conditions for their kennelling and
care are met. However, the Animals Law (2003 Revision) makes provision for the
government to exempt certain animals from the prohibitions.
Section 88 of the Animals Law: “The
governor may, by writing under his hand for purposes of…protecting human life
or aircraft operations, exempt either absolutely or for such time and subject
to such conditions as he may think fit, any person or institution from all or
any of the provisions of this law.”
The RCIPS intends to seek such an
exemption for the six Belgian Malinois that are soon to become the newest
members of the force.
The K-9s won’t arrive in Cayman
until November because of Dutch authorities’ quarantine rules. When they do get
here, police said they will need to spend about two further months training the
dogs and allowing them to become familiar with their new handlers.
The six dogs will be trained as
general purpose patrol units for operations. Two will be trained for firearms,
explosives and drug detection.
The police service is in the
process of retiring its remaining K-9 animals, most nearing eight years of age
– generally considered to be ‘retirement age’ for police dog work.