K9:  Abbreviation/ homophone of the word "canine", coined by the military, referring to militray, police, and security dogs.  It can refer to any breed of dog, trained in protection, detection, tracking, search and rescue, or variations and combinations of these.

Canine: Animals belonging to the family Canidae, including dogs, coyotes, jackals, wolves and foxes.

Domestic dog: Scientific name:  Canis lupus familiaris. A subspecies of the grey wolf (Canis lupus).  Extensively used by humans throughout history as companions, hunters, protectors, and workers in other fields. 

K9 Team: A component of a security organization, usually composed of a trained and certified dog, and a trained and certified handler.

EDD: Explosive Detection Dog

NDD: Narcotics Detection Dog

SAR: Search and Rescue

Therapy Dogs: Dogs used to assist in therapy of those needing them, such as sick patients or the elderly in nursing homes. Petting animals has been found to be excellent therapy that promotes faster healing and well-being.  Security dogs are NOT therapy dogs, and they are not for petting by the public while on duty, lest their jobs as security dogs be compromised.


K9 Roles in Security

  1. Deterrent:

Various studies and actual experiences have shown that the mere presence of K9s is an excellent deterrent against perpetrators of untoward incidents.  The psychological impact a security organization with well-trained K9 teams makes is definitely a whole lot greater than that of a security organization with human security officers only.

  1. Substance Detector:

Highly-trained detector K9 teams have been found to be much more effective in the field than X-rays and other expensive high-tech machines.  Dogs can detect even small traces of substance, as well as substances mixed with other substances, sifting through the odors easily.  They can be trained to detect a variety of substances at once, storing the memory of these in its vast and complicated odor database.

In this time of terror, allowing vehicles to park or pass by roads beside buildings, or having parking spaces under buildings, poses a real threat to the security of all those in these buildings.   Therefore, strict security measures should be applied to all vehicles that enter these.  Building managers who only utilize security guards armed with mirrors on the end of sticks ("bomb mirrors") who open trunks and let these pass after five seconds, are doing the public a big disservice.  They should always be more vigilant, and have quality EDD K9 teams deployed in strategic locations 24/7, at the very least. 

  1. Patrol:

The superiority of dogs' night vision, sense of smell, and sense of hearing, makes dogs highly effective in detecting intruders.  Some even claim that dogs can sense evil.  Dogs can certainly sense if a person is uneasy, or nervous, or angry.  The combination of these capabilities and strength in senses make them a whole lot better than many gadgets and equipment.  They have an ability to detect, discriminate, and apprehend suspects - truly a great package!

  1. Tracking / Trailing:

Dogs can follow scents through long distances.  They have been utilized to search for humans through forests and fields - to rescue or apprehend.  Dogs used in SAR have been able to show their handlers the location of victims such as those trapped under rubble, and save a lot of lives.



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