On 22–26 May, the international competition and seminar “Anti-Drug Protection: Karelia 2017” organised by the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation took place in Karelia. A team from the National Customs Board of the State Revenue Service (hereinafter — “SRS”) traditionally took part in this competition and this year was one of the best in both the team event and individual disciplines.
In team competitions, the dog handler team of the SRS National Customs Board claimed an honourable 2nd place. Latvian dog handlers had high achievements in individual disciplines as well: a dog handler with a sniffer dog for detection of narcotic substances came in 2nd place in the overall standing “Detection of narcotic substances” individually, as well as was recognised the best in the nomination “Detection of narcotic substances in transport”. An honourable 2nd place in the overall standing “Detection of tobacco products” was individually claimed by another dog handler of the SRS National Customs Board with a sniffer dog for detection of tobacco products, who was recognised the best in the nomination “Detection of tobacco products in transport”.
Detection of narcotic substances was carried out indoors, in transport, baggage, and with persons, while detection of tobacco products — indoors, in transport and baggage. In assessing, both the speed and precision of fulfilment of tasks, as well as cooperation between the sniffer dog and the dog handler was taken into account.
According to the regulations of the competition, a team consisted of a team leader, one dog handler with a sniffer dog for detection of tobacco, and two dog handlers with sniffer dogs for detection of narcotic substances.
“Anti-Drug Protection: Karelia 2017” is an international competition, wherein teams from the customs authorities of Karelia, Kaliningrad, Finland and Estonia participated as well. This year’s first place was claimed by dog handlers from the customs service of Karelia, while the 3rd place — by a team of dog handlers from Kaliningrad.
The dog handler team of the Latvian customs participated in the competition organised by the customs of Karelia for the third year already and proves its professionalism by constantly being among the awarded participants. Last year, the dog handler team of the Latvian customs took an honourable 1st place, while in 2015, it came in 2nd in the team event.
The goal of the international seminar/competition is to improve the professionalism of dog handlers, strengthening and improving current practical knowledge and skills for the more effective use of dog handlers with sniffer dogs in customs. The international format of the event ensures an opportunity to improve own knowledge, share experience, strengthen cooperation with dog handler services of other countries in the field of usage and training of sniffer dogs, and to adopt the best practice.