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Media Advisory: DHS to host Regional Explosives Detection Dog Initiative Training

Release Date: 
November 2, 2017

Washington – The Regional Explosives Detection Dog Initiative (REDDI) will be hosted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC on November 15, 2017. REDDI is an outreach effort to State and Local law enforcement aimed at improving explosive detection canine team training effectiveness and efficiency in order to improve overall operational proficiency.

Canines are a demonstrated effective Homeland Security resource, but many explosives detection canine teams have limited access to the latest knowledge on explosive threat odors. This could prevent them from realizing their full potential. For example, many teams have limited access to critical training materials and/or limited time to establish rigorous training scenarios.

“With REDDI, S&T seeks to improve the operational effectiveness of the law enforcement explosive detection canine teams by setting up real-world problems, and sharing our latest knowledge,” said Don Roberts, DHS S&T Detection Canine Program Manager. “REDDI also helps inform our research investment priorities to achieve our mission of providing tools, techniques and knowledge to better understand, train, and utilize the Homeland Security Enterprise detection canine teams.”

Wednesday, November 15
9:30 AM EDT           Explosives Detection Canine teams representing numerous state and local law enforcement agencies in the National Capitol Area will
                                   participate in an operational search based on a real-world scenario.

                                   Capital One Arena
                                   601 F Street, NW                     
                                   Washington, DC 20004
                                   OPEN PRESS*

Credentialed media planning to attend are required to RSVP no later than November 9 by contacting Gwen Bausmith, DHS S&T, gwen.bausmith@hq.dhs.gov  202-254-2296

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