Sniffing for Bombs: What it Takes To Be a K9 Officer


I would describe Diesel as
a miniature version of me. He is small, he is loud,
and he is sassy. He thinks that he’s the center
of my attention all the time. But I am very strict with him because he is not a pet. My role here at the airport is
to make people feel safe. We want people to know that
there’s a security presence here and that if there’s something
here, we’re going to find it. We’re looking for explosives
or anything suspicious. We do everything from checking
cars, bags, garbage cans, passengers lining up… We go to the restricted side,
we can do planes. So, we’re very universal here. We are working a lot with
the police and we respond to a lot of serious calls. And then, a lot of it is
also us training to make sure that Diesel stays
on his toes and he knows that he’s not just strolling
around the airport for fun. Yes! Good boy! The reason why we train
so much is because, in an environment like this,
it’s very unique. There’s people everywhere. People who don’t speak English,
people who are scared of dogs, which is something that
I deal with a lot. When Diesel finds something, you can tell a switch
goes off in his brain. He becomes very serious
and very focused. He doesn’t care about food,
he doesn’t care about toys, until he finds
what he’s looking for. Yes! Good boy! Good job! Good boy! I have always been pretty
determined about what I wanted to do. I knew that I wanted
to work with animals I just didn’t know how
to get into that. So, I decided to go into
law enforcement studies And Securiguard actually
came to my school and did a presentation
about their canine program. As soon as I saw that
this was a possibility, I was like, right in. It didn’t feel like work
when I was training and it didn’t feel like work
when I was working. So, I was like, “This is great.
They’re paying me to do stuff that I’d be doing anyways.” Yes, this is the best job ever,
but it’s also a lifestyle. People think that the dog is
in a room at the airport when we go home at night,
which is not true. Diesel is with me all the time. You need to take care
of this animal 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But if it’s your passion,
it doesn’t feel like work. And I don’t see a better thing
that I could be doing.

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