Increased security at events such as the Super Bowl, U.S. Open, Kentucky Derby, and World Series has become a way of life since the 9-11 attacks and the bombing at the Boston Marathon.
Since no one law enforcement department in the country has the capability by themselves of securing something as high profile as the Super Bowl, personnel from all over the country are arriving in Houston to work security for the Super Bowl on Feb.5.
Included are dozens of K9 teams from departments across the country to sniff out explosives and watch out for suspicious persons in the week leading up to the big game. The dogs and their handlers come from major cities, Puerto Rico and as far away as Guam.
Labradors are the dogs of choice for use at these major spectator events for several reasons. They have a keen sense of smell and seem to be always hungry. They love working for food; explosives mean kibbles in their doggie minds. They are also cute, friendly and social which is important in a crowd situation.
Narcotics dogs are taught to bark excitedly when they catch a scent, but explosive dogs are taught to sit quietly facing the scent and wait for a food reward. An aggressive response might set off an explosive device.
Explosive dogs are trained to sniff as many as 19,000 different explosive compounds. Some can even smell a gun. The dogs are trained to detect everything from a trace amount to thousands of pounds.
No one expects a suicide bomber to show up during the Super Bowl, but the dogs provide an effective deterrent to terrorists. Planning for an attack is the best way to prevent an attack.