S&T’s research and development support prevention and protective strategies, as well as the coordinated surveillance and detection of chemical, biological and explosive threats.
Explosive Detection Canine
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Detection Canine Program is exploring the potential role of detection canine teams in developing a more effective response to active shooter incidents.
DHS S&T has awarded $564,988 in funding to Auburn University for two research and development (R&D) projects designed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of canines trained to detect explosives.
Written testimony of CBP, TSA, and S&T for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency hearing titled “From the Border to Disasters and Beyond: Critical Canine Contributions to the DHS Mission”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Training and Development CBP Canine Program Director Damian Montes, CBP U.S. Border Patrol Associate Chief of Specialty Programs Peter Jaquez, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Office of Security Operations Threat Assessment Division Director Melanie Harvey, and DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency Director Dr. Patrick Carrick address the canine training programs at DHS.
Written testimony of TSA and CBP for a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing titled “Dogs of DHS: How Canine Programs Contribute to Homeland Security”
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Office of Training and Workforce Engagement Deputy Assistant Administrator Kimberly Hutchinson, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Training & Development Canine Program Director Damien Montes address the canine training programs at TSA and CBP and the ability of canine teams to provide reliable and mobile detection capabilities while also serving as a visible deterrent against criminal and terrorist threats.
The Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recognizes that a dog's sense of smell is a million times more sensitive than a human’s. Canines can be trained to detect a wide variety of specific odors, such as explosives, humans, drugs, and even fruits and vegetables. Dogs are trained to alert to the presence of these odors with a learned response such as sitting or lying quietly.
Written testimony of TSA for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security hearing titled “Utilizing Canine Teams to Detect Explosives and Mitigate Threats”
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Office of Security Operations Threat Assessment Division Director Melanie Harvey, and TSA Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service, Security Services and Assessments Division Director Annmarie Lontz address explosives detection canine teams and transportation security.