How a Maryland State Police K-9 Sniffs Out a Bomb on a Person

One of Maryland State Police's newest officers gave a demo.

The latest graduates from the Maryland State Police Academy in Sykesville include four Labrador retrievers who may soon start showing up at stadiums and other venues, officers said.

Jase—one of the dogs trained to sniff bombs on moving targets—gave a demo outside the Maryland State Police Public Safety Education and Training Center after a graduation ceremony Friday morning where he became an official K-9 officer. In the video attached, he detects the scent of an explosive on a person who has something sticking out of the back of his blazer.

The dogs and their partners had special person-borne explosive training funded by the Department of Homeland Security that enables police to track explosive-related scents "moving from Point A to Point B," Jase's handler Sgt. Scott Scala said.

Now that Jase has graduated, the team plans to attend events including the Star-Spangled Sailabration and the Deep Creek 2014 IFC Canoe Slalom World Championships in September, Scala said. Police said the dogs would go wherever they are needed, assisting local, federal and state agencies with searches.

Related: Maryland's Newest K-9 Officers to Blast Off for Duty

Gwyneth Lewis July 12, 2014 at 09:36 AM
I took my son to see the graduation ceremony & demo since they allowed the general public to attend. It was very interesting and I'm glad they have put forth the time, money, effort to have this program. It's one more step in keeping us safe!


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