12 Canine Teams Join TSAs Explosives Detection Program

The Tranportation Security Administration forms 12 new explosives detection canine teams.

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Twelve new explosives detection canine teams have joined the Transportation Security Administrations National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program. The teams graduated November 10 at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

During their 10-week training course, the dog-handler teams spent much of their time searching for explosives in specialized indoor and outdoor training areas that resemble airplanes, terminals and other transportation facilities. The teams also practiced searching warehouses, luggage and parking lots.

This graduating class increases TSAs field resources, and provides greater flexibility in securing transportation resources, said Dave Kotny, director of TSAs National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program.

The newly-graduated teams have been assigned to facilities in Atlanta, New York, Salt Lake City, Reno, Nev., Little Rock, Ark., and Tamuning, Guam. The teams in Reno, Little Rock and Tamuning are new additions to the national program.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2005, 5a.m. EST

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