President visits group of Seychellois officers undergoing dog handler training in Abu Dhabi

28 March 2022 | Foreign Affairs

UAE, Abu Dhabi, 28 March 2022: Prior to his participation at the World Government Summit in Dubai, President Wavel Ramkalawan this morning visited a group of Seychellois officers undergoing training at the K9 Security Inspection Department: Civil and Defence Academy. 

The group of seven officers following a four months specialised Dog Handler training, includes two Seychelles Defence Force (SDF) personnel and five Seychelles Police officers. 

During his visit, the President and his delegation viewed a full demonstration of some of the dog handling tactics the officers are learning and was briefed on the various types of operations they will be able to engage in upon completion of their course. 

The training has been made possible under the Seychelles- UAE cooperation through a fully funded sponsorship by the UAE government. This includes the training of the officers along with their dogs as well as for the building of new dog kennel facilities which will be located at Barbarons. 

The President also had the opportunity to interact with the officers where they shared their experiences as well as progress made so far. They said they were extremely satisfied with the high standards of training and how they are looking forward to putting the various new skills and knowledge gained in application.

President Ramkalawan availed of the opportunity on behalf of the the people of Seychelles, to express sincere appreciation to the UAE government for their continued support through this course which will further assist Seychelles in further tackling the scourge of drugs, curtail other illegal activities and help in search and rescue of persons.  
The participants following the training include Mr Dereck Roucou and Mr Yanick Moustache, Mr Trevor Jean, Mr Nicholas Larue, Mr Nelson Leon, Mrs Maryvonne Victor and Dominique Bamboche.
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