Utilizing Canine Teams to Detect Explosives and Mitigate Threats, Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Transportation Security, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, June 24, 2014   [open pdf - 1MB]

This testimony compilation is from the June 24, 2014 hearing,"Utilizing Canine Teams to Detect Explosives and Mitigate Threats" held before the House Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Richard Hudson: "TSA has the second largest number of explosives detection canine teams in the federal government after the Department of Defense. TSA's National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program has a critical mission: to deter and detect the introduction of explosives into the Nation's transportation systems. With 985 teams today, including 675 teams handled by local law enforcement and 310 teams handled by TSA inspectors, that is twice the number of teams that existed eight years ago. While we have come a long way in recent years, I believe TSA can and should continue to increase its use of canines in all aspects of its mission -- from passenger and baggage screening to air cargo screening. One way TSA has diversified its canine program is by incorporating passenger screening canine teams into its risk-based security initiative known as Managed Inclusion. This initiative uses a combination of Behavior Detection Officers and passenger- screening canine teams to conduct a real-time threat assessment of passengers at certain airports to give them access to Pre- Check benefits on a flight-by-flight basis. The canines used by TSA to conduct passenger screening represent a less-invasive, highly effective approach, and I would like to examine how canines can become a primary layer of security at airports, not just through Managed Inclusion, but as an everyday central layer of passenger screening operations." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Annmarie Lontz, Melanie Harvey, Jenny Grover, and Chris Connell.

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