A police dog checks a bus on Tiananmen Square. Photo: IC
Two pairs of black boots, a special jacket and a VR recording device make up the standard gear given to every police dog doing security work at the ongoing two legislative sessions in Beijing that host more than 5,000 lawmakers and political advisors and last for two weeks.
At the entrance to the Great Hall of the People, the major venue for the meetings, explosive-sniffing dogs, usually smaller in stature, are in charge of checking every vehicle that carries delegates into the meetings.
Their specially-made boots not only stop them from being injured by any sharp objects they might encounter, but also prevent them from scratching or staining the vehicles.
Larger police dogs mainly patrol the area surrounding the Great Hall of the People. Their VR recording devices, which have been given to police dogs in Beijing for the first time this year, can transmit real-time panoramic pictures to police headquarters and the animal's handler.
Each time the capital hosts major events, hundreds of police dogs are sent to event venues, train stations, crowded shopping areas and highway entrances.
Together with their human colleagues, they play an important role in ensuring the smooth and safe running of these events. In addition, the dogs have also performed well in their other crime-fighting duties, especially those that are drug-related.
According to statistics issued by Beijing police, officers performed 1,300 tasks using their canine coworkers last year, mostly involving security checks, patrols and criminal investigations.
Police officers and dogs patrol Tiananmen Square. Photo: IC
An explosive-sniffing dog rests while checking vehicles on Tiananmen Square. Photo: IC
Workers serving at the Great Hall of the People take pictures of a police dog on Tiananmen Square. Photo: IC
A dog receives explosive detection training. Photo: IC
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