Four-legged friends keep communities safe

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HONOLULU (KHON2) – Dogs keep Hawaii safe by searching for explosives, missing persons and critical evidence. They are important to the community as they have specific abilities such as heightened senses to help solve cases.

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HPD, Airport TSA and HFD shared what the dogs are doing in each department.

HPD has seven certified explosives detection and patrol dogs and three specialty detection and cadaver dogs. HPD canine unit sergeant Brad Heatherly said they have a missing persons dog “that will be donated by Friends of the Missing Child Center of Hawaii that will be our sniffer dog.”

HPD said a typical day for these dogs is training. They have an area where they can practice explosives detection, obedience training on an obstacle course, and bite drills.

Detecting explosives is also the specialty of TSA dogs.

The most common place people see these canines is at the airport exit. The TSA spokesman said: “We have dogs that are specially trained to work in and around travelers in a busy transportation environment. and they focus on one thing and one thing only. That is the detection of explosives or explosive components.”

TSA dogs train in Texas for 12 weeks and then undergo additional training to familiarize themselves with the airport they will be working at. You’re not just limited to the airports here in Hawaii either.

For an organization that has a special event, be it a marathon or other major event, a TSA dog might be considered.

“They want to make sure there is a safe environment for those present or attending, they could invite a TSA dog to come and be part of the security function,” TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers said

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HFD also has a new dog named Eve to spot tiny traces of gasoline during fire investigations. Eve is also the only certified arsonist in the state of Hawaii. click here for more information on the State Farm Arson Dog program.

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