Icelandic police are currently training a new generation of sniffer dogs, RÚV reports. While there are currently seven detection dogs in use across the country, many of them are approaching retirement age. In order to renew the ranks, a new group of K9 recruits and their human partners are attending a course in Sauðárkrókur, Northwest Iceland.
It’s the first course of its kind held in Iceland in five years. Steinar Gunnarsson, head of police dog training, says that is about to change, as the course will be held yearly from now on. He hopes that within two years, every police division in the country will have at least one canine helper. London’s Metropolitan Police Service will perform quality control to ensure the dogs are at their best.
Craig Calthorpe, a dog trainer from the UK who was teaching at the course, had good things to say about Iceland’s four-legged detectives-in-training. “The dogs are focused, they’re concentrated, they’ve got a nice amount of drive, their enthusiasm to search is really good,” he stated.
Snjólaug Eyrún Guðmundsdóttir, a police officer from East Iceland, is attending the course alongside Bylur, who she got paired with last November. Snjólaug says the training is going well. The partnership extends beyond the office, she explains, as K9 officers live at home with their human partners. “He’s just a part of my home and is just like another child,” Snjólaug stated. “We go to work together and spend the day together, and all our free time too, it’s just great.”