Taiwan’s newest police recruits are such an arresting sight, they will melt your heart
The sight of members of the constabulary doesn't tend to make us go mushy on a regular basis, but the six newest recruits to the New Taipei Police Department in Taiwan are the exception to the rule.
The tiny male Labrador puppies were born on 8 May to their parents, Leader and Yellow, who are are both two-year-old sniffer dogs at the K9 Unit, the city's 22-strong detection dog team.
The puppies will be trained in NPA's K9 Anti Bomb and Drug Unit, and when they're older, they will join the team of dogs that help to sniff out bombs and drugs.
When their pictures were uploaded to Facebook, there was an incredible reaction to the month-old puppies' sheer cuteness. The adorable images showed the sleepy babies posed on top of police cars, wearing K9 outfits and bonding with officers. The officers were nervous initially as they are the first puppies the unit has ever recruited, but it's clear to see they are already smitten with their canine charges.
There are five black dogs in the litter, Schuman, Federica, Eagle, AJ and Sunny, and they will be trained to become detection dogs like their parents. Then there is one cream puppy, Fushin, whose name means 'a lucky star' in English. He will become a blood detection dog.
The puppies may be tiny, but their training has already begun as officers have already started helping them to become familiar with the scent of narcotics by placing them next to them before they eat. "We hope that in the future the puppies can be like their mother Yellow, that they can pass through training successfully and enter the police force," the NPA said on Facebook.