Cyprus Mail

Police mull expansion of canine units to fight hooliganism

The exercise recently conducted by the British bases

Police are studying utilising canine units to combat football hooliganism, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said on Sunday on the sidelines of the open day held by the force to interact more with the public.

Nicolaou said instructions had already been given for the matter to be studied, based on which police will be able to determine how many dogs would be needed and trained.

They could be used in Cyprus particularly in cases where hooligans attack police officers, he said.

Nicolaou said he had seen first hand how the canine units could be used when he had attended a recent exercise related to football violence organised by the British bases police in Dhekelia at a stadium in the area. He had seen, he said, how the dogs could be used both sides and outside sports venues for crowd control.

He added that the canine units were an important tool, and are used in other countries to control football violence to both prevent and repel attacks on police.

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