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.
Explosive Detection Canine
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.
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Explosives Detection Canine Program is providing a service to measure the vapor composition of explosives detection training aids, using a capability called Canine Training Aid Contamination Testing.
Being at the forefront of explosive detection and mitigation research and development helps us create new approaches to help protect American citizens and infrastructure.
Sunny is a very friendly Springer Spaniel who loves attention and affection. But if you were to see Sunny on the street or in a crowd, you might not realize he is one of the few dogs in the world trained to detect person-borne explosives.
The DHS S&T Detection Canine Program has created the Regional Explosives Detection Dog Initiative (REDDI), a series of events aimed at advancing the knowledge and capabilities of the nation’s detection canine teams.
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.
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.