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Help Wanted: More Bomb-Sniffing Dogs in Bali

Bali Police Need 40 Bomb-Sniffing K-9s to Meet Demand from Starred Hotels on the Island.

(8/22/2009) Beritabali.com reports that Bali's Police force needs 40 bomb-sniffing dogs to keep up with requests for specially-trained K-9s from Bali's leading starred hotels.

Requests for dogs that can sniff out explosives have increased in the aftermath of the July 17, 2009, bombings of the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta.

The Bali police have a total of 20 dogs in their current K-9 corps comprised of 10 bomb-detecting dogs, 4 crowd control dogs, 5 tracking dogs and 1 narcotic sniffing dog. The shortage of bomb-sniffing dogs, according to the head of the Police animal corps (Unit Satwa Polda Bali), Made Wedra, has compelled the police to rotate the dogs, focusing on high traffic periods and events at local venues.

Despite the shortfall in needed bomb-detecting dogs in Bali, Made Wedra said: "The police prioritize serving the public and protecting them from terrorist bombers. What's clear, we are on a high level of preparedness at all times."

Wedra said that ideally his department could use 40 more bomb-detecting dogs and 112 more officers trained to handle the animals.