I was fortunate enough to have a conversation with Officer Lawrence Culbert
who provided me with a lot of insight into one group that trains and works every day for our protection - bomb detection K-9 units.Larry is a handler/trainer and bomb technician for the Massachusetts Transit Police as well as a trainer within the International Police Work Dog Association (www.ipwda.org).Larry is a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard and has 15 years of experience as a police officer. Larry's partner is a yellow Lab appropriately named Dick Tracy and he was born in Holland.He
has been trained to work for praise and play reward and is not motivated (like so many house pets) by food.
explained that dogs from local law enforcement, state offices and the FBI
are trained using the same methods and protocols in order to provide inter-departmental support.The Mass Transit police, for example are called in to other cities in Massachusetts that don't have their own bomb detection K-9s when a sweep is needed.This occurs anytime a city hosts a visiting dignitary or other political figure where safety is a concern.
When bomb detection dogs aren't working their handlers are responsible for their care.Dick Tracy lives with Larry
own kennel and he
gets to go to work with Larry
off time he
gets to play with the family's other dogs.