Director of threat assessment division testifies on critical canine contributions

Friday, May 19, 2017

Threat Assessment Division Director Melanie Harvey, with TSA’s Office of Security Operations, testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency in the hearing, “From the Border to Disasters and Beyond: Critical Canine Contributions to the DHS Mission,” May 18.

TSA obtains, trains, and deploys explosives detection canine teams as one of its many measures to secure the national transportation system. Canines can be quickly deployed and are mobile, which makes them useful in security operations that support airports, mass transit, and other transportation facilities.

canine at testimony

“TSA’s National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program is currently the largest explosives detection canine program in [the U.S. Department of Homeland Security], and the second largest in the federal government, with 1,047 funded National Explosives Detection Canine teams currently stationed at more than 100 of the nation’s transportation venues,” said Harvey.

“The success of TSA’s canine program is an example of federal, state, and local governmental entities working together with a common goal—to protect the American people and secure transportation.”

Canine teams are invaluable to TSA’s security mission as canines have been proven to be one of the most effective means of detecting explosive substances.

To learn more, read the TSA Canine Training Center factsheet, read the testimony or watch the webcast.