Loco, a well-trained security dog stationed with Kfar Tapuach's canine unit, succeeded in finding and neutralizing an Arab who snuck into an abandoned Jewish encampment, a few hundred yards away from the Tapuach West Synagogue, located 22 miles north of Jerusalem.
IDF soldiers were unable to find the hiding Arab suspect until local dog trainer Tal released Loco. The dog quickly found the Arab, who came out of hiding crying and begging for his life. The suspect was arrested and taken for interrogation.
In recent days, the local Tapuach canine unit has opened new branches in the Kiryat Arba/Gush Etzyon "settlement bloc," in Itamar and near Beth El, pairing local security personnel with specially trained patrol dogs. The unit provides professional training for both dogs and new handlers, and recruits volunteers to assist in the patrol of these vulnerable towns.
The task of fully training a patrol dog and its handler can take 3-6 months.