National Police Commissioner, General Fannie Masemola, has hailed the organisation’s K-9 Search and Rescue (SAR) team deployed to earthquake ravaged Türkiye for its efforts.
The team consisting of five K-9 dogs and their handlers, and a team leader departed for Türkiye on 9 February 2023, said SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Athlenda Mathe.
For the past week, the team has led numerous search and rescue operations for survivors and helped to recover the bodies of deceased victims.
The SAPS K-9 search and rescue dogs are trained to search for missing persons and recover dead bodies. They also detect human scent and remains, and are able to find victims of floods and collapsed buildings.
Mathe highlighted among the successes achieved by the team was the recovery of an 80-year-old elderly woman who was found alive in a collapsed building.
“The SAPS takes this opportunity to commend the following members who have represented the organisation and South Africa with great pride,” she said.
“The team has been hard at work, searching and locating victims. We are happy to hear that our role yielded significant results and we were able to provide closure to the people of Türkiye.
“On behalf of the SAPS, I would like to pay gratitude to the team who have displayed commitment and dedication to the cause of serving,” said General Masemola.