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Canine Crimefighters

A Belgian malinois.

The Governor-in-Cabinet has agreed to amend the Animal (Prohibited Dogs) Regulations (2004 Revision) to allow for the importation of Belgian Malinois dogs for law enforcement purposes.

On the 15th of March 2011, Cabinet considered a request from the Deputy Governor on behalf of the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) to amend the Regulations to allow the RCIPS to import Belgian Malinois dogs (sometimes referred to as Belgium Shepherd dogs).

The acquisition of these dogs is part of an exercise to replace their existing stock of German Shepherd canines who have reached the end of their law enforcement 'careers' and need to be retired. The selection of the Belgian Malinois was the result of extensive research, which led to the Belgian Malinois being identified as the best dogs for law enforcement purposes.

Belgian Malinois are used by police forces around the world including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and other European countries. The United States Secret Service and Royal Australian Air Force use the Malinois breed exclusively.

The newly acquired dogs will be a welcome additional to the RCIPS and will enhance the Police crime fighting and public safety operations. They will be capable of explosive/firearm detection, narcotic detection, and tracking and locating persons.

For further information contact: Lennon Christian