The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced the graduation of seven members of its National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program.
The TSA said that the teams are assigned to airports in West Palm Beach, Florida and San Jose, California as well as Houston and Indianapolis and mass transit systems in Washington DC and Los Angeles.
During training officers were provided with instruction on handler skills and explosives safety. Teams spent much of their time searching for explosives training aids in specialised indoor and outdoor training labs that included an aircraft fuselage, a terminal area, cargo warehouse, and a newly-created mass transit terminal. The teams also practised searching luggage and a parking lot filled with vehicles.
Once the teams return to their airports and mass transit systems they will undergo several hours of proficiency training each week. Within the next few months the teams will also undergo a rigorous on-site certification process by TSA evaluators.
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