Coast Guard, partner agencies conduct K-9 training

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ALAMEDA, Calif — Coast Guard and partner agencies conducted K-9 training aboard Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Wednesday.

Multiple training scenarios were set up to test the dogs’ ability to detect explosives-making materials.

Coast Guard personnel utilize explosives-detecting K-9s to help ensure the safety of the American public by scanning passengers that utilize ferries, cruise ships and other types of commercial and passenger vessels.

“Joint training of this nature is critical to developing and fostering our interagency partnerships while serving to enhance the capability of K-9 explosive detection in the San Francisco Bay area,” said Lt. Marcus Brown, Maritime Safety and Security Team 91105. “Furthermore, it is reminiscent of the Department of Homeland Security’s layered security strategy that aims to interdict threats at all levels.”

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