The Fuerza Pública needs a few good dogs. 17, to be exact.
The animals participated in a review Thursday as they were about to begin their three months of training.
The dogs have been donated by organizations and individuals. They will end up sniffing out explosives, drugs or contraband. They will become members of the Unidad Canina (K-9).
The races of dogs range from the expected German shepherd to beagle. Training will be by Colombian experts and members of the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas, officers now assigned to the K-9 unit and other experts.
Eventually the dogs will be assigned to ports and airports to strengthen security there or they will be asked to patrol schools, big events and other activities where their heightened senses can help police and control crowds.