Police Dogs of Trinidad and Tobago

A 70-Year History


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Imprint or Series:Dogs in Our World

About the Book

They are four-legged police officers sniffing their way through mountains, tropical forests, and urban jungles, and they operate in the southernmost Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, just seven miles from Venezuela. Police dogs and their canine officers face dangers including drug dealers, thieves, kidnappers, and murderers by relying on their most important weapon: trust
This is an unprecedented look at crime from the police canine section’s perspective, with the bond between police officers and their dog partners at the heart of the story. Written by a journalist with a background in anthropology, this book is based on exclusive access to the police dogs’ secret files. It includes interviews with retired and working canine officers and spans 70 years, from the canine section’s inception in 1952 to 2022. Follow the dogs’ work during colonialism, independence, the Black Power movement, the rise of the illegal drug trade, and the age of terrorism. Fierce, feared, loyal and lovable, police dogs have compiled an impressive crimefighting record and a trail of remarkable stories.

About the Author(s)

Debbie Jacob is a journalist who lives in St. Ann’s, Trinidad. In 2019 she was named the Trinidad Express Individual of the Year and received an award from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Mounted and Canine Branch for her work with the nation’s police dogs. In 2020, she received a Chaconia Gold Medal from the government of Trinidad and Tobago for spheres of humanitarian work in prisons and the police service canine section.

Bibliographic Details

Debbie Jacob. Series Editor Brian Patrick Duggan
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 229
Bibliographic Info: 17 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9406-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5190-3
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Dogs in Our World

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface 1
Introduction. Trinidad: An Island of Beauty, an Island in Crisis 7
1. Dog Days 11
2. Backtracking: Bruno 16
3. Along Came a Spider 21
4. Shah: King of the Dogs 28
5. Ralph and Rex 34
6. Dreams, Nightmares and Other Business 42
7. Sheba and Sheba 49
8. Carlo 54
9. Panther 60
10. Adolph, ANZAC, and Bullet 64
11. Trigger 73
12. Shep 78
13. Black Power, Daemon and Rex 81
14. Murder in St. Vincent 90
15. Dyer Memories 97
16. Inside the Caroni Kennels 100
17. Jango and Strike 105
18. A Line in the Sand 110
19. The Piegaro Team 116
20. Ambush and Kidnappings 125
21. Springing into Action 132
22. Dog Days Two 136
23. Where the Air Is Rare 140
24. A Woman’s Touch 145
25. Tobago Tales 151
26. Starring: The “M” Dogs 160
27. Training Days 169
28. What the Future Holds 174
Appendix A: Thomas’s Final Report on Bruno 183
Appendix B: Panther’s Veterinary Report 186
Appendix C: Privy Council Summary of Junior “Spirit” Cottle Case 188
Chapter Notes 193
Bibliography 207
Index 215<BR