The arguments over loving or hating animals notwithstanding, Jett Li, a dog that breathed its last after serving on the force for over a decade, was laid to rest with police honours here on Friday.
Jett Li served the department well supplementing the efforts of the personnel in gathering clues, detecting crime, bombs and other allied operations. Its handler, A. Nagaraju of the Armed Reserve Police, recalling his long association with the canine, said it was very obedient and never crossed its limits during the training period.
Dogs, which are an essential part of the armed wing of the department, are treated as regular employees and are even eligible for promotion and other incentives that go with the job. They have a separate room that is equipped with air-conditioning facility during summer months, They are well taken care of and treated with affection by policemen of all ranks.
At the ceremony held at the Armed Reserve Police grounds, the police gave a guard of honour and a 11-gun salute. When the special police band paid its tributes, several personnel bowed their heads signalling grief. The death was condoled by Superintendent of Police M. Ravi Prakash , Armed Reserve additional SP M. Mahesh Kumar, AR DSP V.S. Vasan, Reserve Inspector Venkat Rao and Home Guards RI Appa Rao and other personnel.