Federal Employees News Digest

New TSA canine training center debuts

The Transportation Security Administration this month cut the ribbon on a new $12 million canine training center in Texas at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Among its features, the new 25,000-square-foot facility, which will support training and certification of explosive-detection canine teams, has seven new classrooms and a 100-seat auditorium. The new building is a partnership among TSA, JBSA-Lackland and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

At the dedication ceremony for the center, TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger called the new facility “an ideal complement” to the existing training center campus. Unlike the old facility, the new one is located near the kennels and the field training center where the dogs and handlers train at venues that replicate real-life scenarios. Thirteen indoor venues on the premises mimic a variety of transportation sites, such as a cargo facility, an airport gate, a checkpoint, a baggage claim area, the interior of an aircraft, a vehicle parking lot, a light rail station, a light rail car, and an air cargo facility.

The 10- to 12-week training course includes teaching dogs to recognize explosives odors, instructing handlers to interpret canine’s change of behavior and to conduct systematic searches, and building canine teams’ skill at locating the source of the explosives odor.

Federal, state and local law enforcement officers from across the country travel to the base to undergo training with a TSA-provided dog. Each year, the center trains about 250 canine teams to operate in aviation, mass transit and cargo environments.

See more at: https://www.tsa.gov/news/releases/2016/03/04/new-tsa-canine-training-center-opens-san-antonio.

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