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LSU uses specially-trained K-9s to detect bombs

4 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, September 22 2018 Sep 22, 2018 September 22, 2018 11:17 PM September 22, 2018 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - The newest members of LSU's Police Department aren't exactly regular police assistants.

"These dogs love to be petted," said K-9 Officer Kim Bass.

The Labrador retrievers check fans for explosives and other weapons before the game.

"These dogs are actually working when they are out there interacting with the fans and students," said Bass.

Jazz and Weeks are part of the university's K-9 force. The force has four total bomb dogs and two narcotic K-9's. The two new animals are classified as Vapor Wake Canines meaning they can track someone carrying explosives through a crowd. 

"Law enforcement just recently moved to [using tracking dogs]," LSU Police Chief, Bart Thompson says. "They track the odor that the explosive device puts out, and it allows them to follow that person that may have an explosive on their person."

Jazz and Weeks will be at many sporting events on top of their daily routine of patrolling campus.

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