K9

Savage has lived up to his name within the first six months of 2019, bringing down the bad guys and confiscating a total of R160,000 in cash and drugs.

 

Cape Town, South Africa – Savage a Sable German Shepherd part of the K9 unit in the Western Cape has received a medal of service. The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Chief awarded the medal of service to the shining star for essentially terrorising drug dealers in the cape.

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. Three are currently on training, one is breeding, and another one has been seconded to assist the Law Enforcement Metal Theft Unit.

Police dogs are utilized to provide both proactive and reactive services in the SAPS. They are deployed for narcotic detection, explosives detection, protected species detection, biological body fluid detection, currency detection, carcass-and-hide detection, as well as the gathering of sheep during stock theft investigations, tracking and apprehending of dangerous suspects, fire investigation, including search and rescue operations.

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. Together they have made six arrests.

‘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,’ – Metro Police Chief, Wayne Le Roux.

Take a look at Savage’s stats for the first half of 2019.

  • 85 units of Unga
  • 690,5 mandrax tablets
  • 69 units and 18,29 grams of cocaine
  • 424 bankies and 202,88 grams of tik
  • dagga: 104 stoppe, two bags and 515 bankies
  • cash to the value of R2 630
  • The estimated street value of the drugs recovered by the K9 is R160 000.

While Savage’s stats are amazing, the K9 unit as a whole has had a stellar year so far.

‘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.

‘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.

In the twelve months between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019, the Metro Police K9 Unit has achieved numerous successes. These included:

  • 156 arrests (66% of these were drug-related)
  • 186 operations (both joint and autonomous, vehicle checkpoints etc.)
  • 2 vehicles recovered
  • 5 firearms recovered/confiscated
  • 86 rounds of ammunition recovered/confiscated
  • 4 226,25 units of drugs confiscated
  • R33 471,80 in cash confiscated
  • 4 765 units of abandoned drugs confiscated
  • 30 rounds of abandoned ammunition recovered

Check out the gallery below to see Savage and some of his colleagues:


Sources: Cape Town Government
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