Much before it became an integral part of the Indian police and law enforcing agencies, Himachal Pradesh had set-up country’s first dog squad in 1956-57 – credit for which goes to Raja Bajrang Bahadur Singh Bhadri, who had served as Lieutenant Governor of the state.
This is one of the many historical facts revealed in the newly published ‘Coffee Table Book’ on state police, titled “Himachal Pradesh police – Guardians of the Hills”.
The book, authored by Inspector General of Police Zahur Haider Zaidi and his team, including young IPS officer Gurdev Chand Sharma, was released on Saturday at a conference of SPs and DCs held in Shimla.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh revealed the book.
Zaidi said, “Raja Bajrang Bahadur Singh was a dog lover and he took great interest in setting-up a dog squad. The first dog for the squad- Hero was imported from Ireland at a cost of 250 pounds.”
The Himachal Pradesh dog squad has also trained dogs from more than six states, including Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.
The coffee table book traces a visual story of the ‘birth and growth of Himachal Police’ and it has details of the historical buildings related to police activities, weapons and changes in the uniform made over a period of time.
The book covers the rich tradition and achievements of the Himachal Police in controlling law and order, crime, drug menace, ensuring safety and security of all.
Messages from the president, vice-president, prime minister and Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama are also included in the book.
Other officers associated with the research and compilation of the book are Assistant Sub-Inspectors Vinod Kaushik and Satya Prakash and Constable Pawan Kumar.