Now with four dog handlers and four dogs (Pilou, Narco, Shayze and Usa), the Montigny-le-Bretonneux dog brigade is a real addition for the town police. “It was a campaign commitment, recalls Éric-Alain Junes, deputy mayor in charge of citizenship and security. We wanted to give new impetus to a brigade that has existed since the 90s. Their versatility a real addition for our municipal police, in terms of restraint and restraint. »
Dog handlers have all the necessary equipment, including a dog parking kennel, used vehicles and a training ground near the Municipal Technical Center (CTM). “Like us, they need to be in good form to intervene, to do cardio, to change reaction situations as quickly as possible, to get used to the heat of cars, etc., underlines Christelle, dog handler and owner of some dogs .. All of this strengthens the connections between the owner and the dog, but also the unity of the group, for us as dogs.We get more together, walk, swim, etc. »
Working against day-to-day neutrality, in missions to prevent, monitor, ensure public services or roads, in recreational activities, sports or culture, Christelle, Pascal, Julien and Corentin participates every day to create a real police presence. “Dogs are especially unruly, especially when we get involved in gatherings. Nearly 50% of people want to walk directly for fear of dogs’ reactions. However, they are not aggressive,” he stressed. Christelle.They also protect us by creating a security perimeter.And, believe me, with their reinforced muzzle, when they come at you, we usually say it looks like a good Mike Tyson. »
But dogs also form a bond with the population, constantly “asking us how different they are, if they are kind, obedient, and so on. Some are asking to be kept pets, ”said the dog handlers.
An unpleasant command
Eagerly anticipated by the profession, the order governing dog brigades was published on February 20. But it was far from unanimous. It even caused a stir among dog managers and towns. Contrary to what has been done so far, communities can become “owners of dogs, which brings an added restraint for towns that want to build a smoke brigade,” assured Éric Piot, the town’s police chief. Montignyle-Bretonneux. This is against common sense. The result is that many towns have already abandoned the idea of forming a brigade for this reason “. If the decree damages canine sections formed prior to publication, it imposes compliance on when. In addition, “it can create additional costs, such as buying dogs, housing them, taking care of the animal at night and on weekends, and so on. “, lines the selection.
Today, in Montigny-le-Bretonneux, dogs live in families with their owners. They are completely social and remain responsible to their masters, at night, in the evening, on the weekends and during the holidays. As a result, there is a real emotional bond between them. “This is our best partner, Christelle assured. They are honest. We are all enthusiasts. We love our dogs. We live with them and, in the end, the training doesn’t stop. They are both armed, pets, and so on. We have a real emotional bond with our dogs. “They’ll go to the coal with us and they won’t go alone. And if we feel like we’re going to hell, we won’t go there,” added Pascal, one of the dog’s handlers.
As a reminder, in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Élancourt only has one canine unit within its municipal police, with three police dogs in its night brigade.