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.
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.