National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program

The National Explosives Detection Canine Program exists to deter and detect the introduction of explosives devices into the transportation system.

In addition, bomb threats cause disruption of air, land and sea commerce and pose an unacceptable danger to the traveling public and should be resolved
quickly.

Explosives detection canine teams are a proven reliable resource to detect explosives and are a key component in a balanced counter-sabotage program.

The use of highly trained explosives detection canine teams is also a proven deterrent to terrorism directed towards transportation systems and provides a timely and mobile response to support facilities, rail stations, airports, passenger terminals, seaports and surface carriers.

Canine teams consist of a dog and a handler.

There is a 3 team minimum.
Examples of Funded Projects

TSA provides State and local law enforcement agencies with a comprehensive 10 week handler training course and a certified explosives detection canine.

In addition, TSA provides funding to State and local law enforcement agencies through partial reimbursements ($40,000 - $50,000 per team) for services provided to DHS/TSA for security of transportation systems.

Teams must be available to the airports/mass transit-passenger rail 80% of the time but can be used to support other community security needs as well.

Teams must re-certify annually and are subject to unannounced evaluations.


Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.