More than 150 police officers from Spain and Europe participated last week in Benidorm (Costa Blanca) in the First International Conference of K9 Units, which bring together specialised groups on dogs that detect narcotic substances, money and explosives. This event, organised by the Local Police of Benidorm, combined talks with practical workshops and exhibitions of the dog units.
The mayor of Benidorm, Antonio Pérez, highlighted the role of canine units in “increasing and improving the perception of security.” Pérez said the K9 units “improve citizen security statistics, even being able to eradicate the problem.” According to the mayor, “having canine units has a great direct impact not only on crime missions, but also on prevention, social proximity and image, by ensuring that society trusts more and values the achievements of its police, in accordance with a positive notion of closeness.”
On the other hand, the Deputy Local Police, Carlos López, declared that this conference “is born with a vocation for continuity” and to “learn from each other”. In addition, he has thanked the participation and assistance to all speakers and attendees from various parts of Spain and Europe.
During this event, presentations, practical workshops and exhibitions were offered by the police, the Civil Guard, United Nations experts, veterinarians and those responsible for the Benidorm Court, among other experts.