Italy's anti-terrorist police have revealed that specially trained dogs are proving to be invaluable in the fight against terrorism.
SV Dog training centre PULL BACK TO GV Dogs with trainers walk through entrance into parkland (3 shots)
SV Dogs being trained to sit and stay calm. (2 shots)
GV Dogs being trained to attack person
GV Dog jumps from helicopter and attacks man in training exercise
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Background: Italy's anti-terrorist police have revealed that specially trained dogs are proving to be invaluable in the fight against terrorism. Earlier this month suspects from raids in Turin, Milan and Bologna were rounded up with the help of dogs. Police believe among those held were several regional leaders of a front line guerilla group, which is alleged to have murdered at least three policemen and magistrates this year.
SYNOPSIS: Most of the dogs used by Italy's over-worked police force are trained here, at a special school just outside Florence. But it's not only the dogs that need training. Their handlers too must know how to react with their animal, to produce an invaluable anti-terrorist team. Even the best trained dog, with a an inadequate handler, can prove useless in time of crisis.
Nothing gets neglected. Even the most basic commands of "sit," and "stay" are taught to these highly intelligent German Shepherds. The recent terrorist round up, began when a member of a guerrilla group gave himself up.
It was then that dogs, like these being trained to immobilise an escaping terrorist, were brought into action. More than thirty people were detained in the raids, the police in Milan said one of them was wanted for questioning over the shooting of Fiat Car Company Planning Manager, Carlo Ghiglieno in September last year.
When the first terrorist attack occurred in Milan in December 1969, Italians were so shocked they sought to convince themselves that indiscriminate killing of innocent people must have been organised outside the country. Now their anti-terrorist force proves they know better.