From the Border to Disasters and Beyond: Critical Canine Contributions to the DHS Mission, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency of the Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, May 18, 2017 [open pdf - 691KB]
This hearing compilation is from the May 18, 2017 hearing, "From the Border to Disasters and Beyond: Critical Canine Contributions to the DHS Mission," held before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency of the Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Scott Perry: "DHS maintains robust canine programs with teams ranging from patrol units with the US Secret Service, explosive detection units with the Coast Guard and TSA, and Urban Search and Rescue units with FEMA. CBP [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] alone has approximately 1,500 canine teams - the largest overall canine program at DHS, with distinct mission sets including, but not limited to: tactical operations along the border, detection of narcotics, firearms, undeclared currency, and concealed persons attempting illegal entry into the U.S., and detection of undeclared agricultural products with the potential to wreak havoc on U.S. agricultural resources. [...] Canine contributions to the security of our nation are vast - along our borders, at our ports of entry, in our airports, and beyond. I look forward to hearing from our witnesses today on the important contributions of the Department's impressive and broad use of canines." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Damian Montes, Melanie Harvey, Peter Jaquez, Patrick Carrick, and Jennifer Brown.
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