Explosive Detection Canines

Bomb Dog and Handler

One of the most useful and effective tools for law enforcement agencies to detect explosive devices is the use of trained explosive detection canines. Recent events, which include increased use of explosives by terrorists, have focused attention on the need for additional explosive detection capabilities throughout the National Capital Region. The Canine Explosive Detection Project was designed to increase the presence of highly trained canine explosive detector teams in the Region by adding up to eight new fully trained and equipped canines for use by agency-identified handlers. The increased availability of explosive detection canine teams provides an important resource at special events as well as increased protection of physical assets in the NCR through existing mutual aid agreements. Departments participating in the project received a certified explosive detection canine, vehicle transport cage, handler training, associated training equipment, and stipend for veterinary and food expenses for the initial year.