The shortage of bomb-sniffing dogs in the US and around the world is increasing, while the demand is increasing. In 2021, global terrorist attacks increased to 5,226. In many of these situations, explosive detection (bomb-sniffing) dogs could serve as a deterrent. The problem is that there are not enough dogs to meet the growing need.
NYPD Expands Canine Capabilities
As the largest and most populous city in the US, New York City recently took a new step to protect its citizens from terrorist attacks. The New York Police Department (NYPD) has introduced an advanced explosives detection system that allows trained bomb detection dogs to detect more substances than they can normally smell, such as radiation and other biological agents. and chemicals.
The NYPD K-9 unit is now the first agency to use Transit Enhanced Detection Dog (TREDD) technology. Here’s how it works: A trained explosives detection dog wearing a harness equipped with electronic sensors to help detect radiation or chemicals sends data directly to a mobile command post. The NYPD has shared TREDD information with the Pentagon and other partners to help detect terrorist threats everywhere.
“All facets of detection are needed to combat the terrorist element that threatens the city on a daily basis,” says an NYPD sergeant who works with the K-9 unit. “Dogs are an essential asset that have a permanent place in protecting the public. They are a true living piece of security equipment ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice.”
Shortage of trained dogs threatens national security
As the demand for working dogs bred in the US increases, the AKC is participating in efforts to help address this need. The AKC Detector Dog Task Force (DDTF) sponsored the AKC National Detection Dog Conference in Durham NC in August. The annual conference brings together key stakeholders to make plans to improve the availability of high-quality, bred, bred, and trained dogs in the United States to protect national and public safety.
the federal governmentemploysapproximately 5,000 working dogs in four departments: the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, and State. But only 7 percent comes from the US Government agencies import most of their working dogs from Europe.
Sheila Goffe, vice president of government relations for the AKC, testified at a congressional hearing about the great need for trained explosives detection dogs, saying, “Experts recognize that there is no better or more efficient way to detect explosives than with detection dogs. highly trained. Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks and subsequent attacks around the world, global demand for this quality dog has skyrocketed.”
Since 2016, the AKC Detection Dog Task Force has worked with experts from the federal government, military, and law enforcement, as well as US dog breeders and trainers, to reverse a chronic shortage of domestically bred working dogs qualified for use by government agencies.
This includes working at the local, state, and federal levels to improve the procurement process and provide educational information and webinars to U.S. dog breeders, trainers, and puppy breeders on how to identify, breed, and train puppies for explosives detection work. Explosive Detection Training for TSA normally takes 24-32 weeksalong with additional training with an assigned controller in a variety of settings.
The public face of detection dogs
german shepherd dogs and belgian malinois They have historically been the most popular breeds among police forces. Many of these dogs are also trained to do detection work.
However, in recent years, other breeds have become popular for public screening work. These are mainly sporting dogsincluding Labrador Retrievers, golden retrievers, german shorthaired pointers, German Wirehaired PointersY Inspection. These breeds are generally less intimidating to the public and their incredible hunting instincts easily transfer to hunting for explosives.
Regardless of the breed of dog, a properly trained dog can make a big difference in protecting public safety. “Trained explosives detection dogs are absolutely invaluable, in my opinion, and should be strengthened and expanded to departments that don’t have those resources,” says NYPD Sgt.