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Explosive Detection Canine

Explosives Detection Canines

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.

S&T K9-TACT Fact Sheet

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.

Computerized image of a person wearing an explosive protection body suit.

Explosive Detection and Aviation Security

Being at the forefront of explosive detection and mitigation research and development helps us create new approaches to help protect American citizens and infrastructure.

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.

TSA On the Job: Explosives Detection Canine Handler

A black dog K-9 UnitI’ve been working as an explosives detection canine handler at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) since 2010. My canine partner is Doc. He’s a male black Labrador and is 5 years old.  He’s also a former Marine!

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.

S&T Detection Canine Program Person-Borne IED Initiative Fact Sheet and Video

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.


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