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Securing Transportation Through Paws-itive Passenger Engagement

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Imelda Pysqyli with K9 CymroImelda Pysqyli began her career in homeland security six years ago. While earning her college degree, she worked as a part-time TSO at New York’s Albany International Airport. After graduation, she became a full-time TSO, and transitioned to a Transportation Security Inspector for Surface position at Norfolk International Airport in Virginia a couple years later.  As her knowledge and understanding of regulatory and compliance increased, she decided to become a Transportation Security Inspector - Explosives Detection Canine Handler at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

In March 2013, Pysqyli and her canine partner Cymro graduated from canine school at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Both Pysqyli and her three year old Yellow Labrador Retriever are certified to screen passengers, terminals, aircraft, baggage, cargo, and vehicles. Together, they perform Passenger Screening Canine Operations at DCA.

“What We Do Matters because we provide a crucial layer of security. My canine partner and I work to effectively ensure the safety of the traveling public. By remaining vigilant and engaging the public, Cymro and I are able to provide great customer service and protect our nation’s transportation systems.

“The most exciting part of my job is working with such an intelligent canine. He is a great partner and is always friendly with people. Being a canine handler has broadened my horizons and expanded my operational knowledge.  We are a great match and I have been lucky to work with him.

“My job challenges me in several ways.  Cymro and I are continuously training. We always work in the public eye and it is important for us to be at the top of our game. That means training is an ongoing component to my job. It is also challenging to be responsible for my canine. I take care of him so he can protect  passengers.”

By the Office of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs

Latest revision: 08 January 2014