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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kosovo handed over today five dogs to the K9 Unit of Kosovo Police (KP) in a ceremony in which  Mr. Agim Veliu, Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Rashit Qalaj, General Director of Kosovo Police, Ms. Maria Suokko, UNDP Resident Representative,  H.E. Christian Heldt, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany and officials of Kosovo institutions and international organisations were present.

While the KP K9 dogs are trained in detection of black powder or contaminated weapons, new technologies, using non-traditional materials such as polymers, are increasingly being used in small arms manufacturing. Through the Support to Combating Illicit Arms Trafficking (CIAT) in Kosovo  project, generously funded by the German government, five (5) K9 dogs have been procured for the Kosovo Police which will be trained by the K9 certified instructors of the KP on Polymer sniffing. The dogs will be a great addition to the K9 Unit assisting the law enforcement agency in effectively identifying trafficked illicit arms, especially polymer ones.

At the event, Mr. Rashit Qalaj, General Director of Kosovo Police and Ms. Maria Suokko, UNDP Resident Representative signed the handover documents and there was a short presentation of the “dogs in action” to show the abilities of the latest additions of the K9 Unit to participants.

For more information, please contact:

Burbuqe Dobranja, UNDP Communications Associate

Phone: (038) 249 066 ext. 410;   mobile: 049 720 800      e-mail:

Danijela Mitić, Communication Associate UNDP

Phone: (038) 249 066 ext. 412;    mobile: 049 720 824     e-mail:

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