Explosive Detection Dogs: Enhancing security without compromising visitor satisfaction

Terrorism is a global issue which affects all continents; UK is 35th on the list of

countries most affected by terrorism, and fourth in Europe. The threat to the UK from International Terrorism remains at SEVERE, which means an attack is highly likely.

The UK has suffered five terror attacks in the last year whilst police and security services have foiled a further 16 terror plots since March 2017. The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has stated he expects the threat level from international terrorism to remain SEVERE for at least the next two years with the potential for the danger to continue to increase. As Government and public spaces become harder for terrorists to penetrate, they naturally turn to high impact, softer targets as witnessed at Manchester Arena, Stade de France, Paris and Besiktas stadium in Istanbul. Thankfully, obtaining commercial or

military grade explosives in the UK is very difficult but this has led to terrorists resorting to the manufacture of home-made explosives (HME). HMEs are often described by acronyms such as TATP, ETN and HMTD, (which is sufficient for this article). They are invariably unstable, very sensitive and extremely powerful – comparable to TNT in strength. The past two terrorist incidents using explosives – at Manchester Arena and

18 FSM Britain continues to attract tourists from

around the world, sporting and cultural events continue to be well supported and commuters need to make the journey to and from work. It is the responsibility of event organisers, transport operators and security services to ensure precautions are taken to provide a reasonable level of safety to allow life to continue unabated. Many event organisers, and in particular

the London Tube – both used TATP. The same explosive also used in terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels.

football clubs and stadium mangers, under- stand they must take action to reduce risk and employ varying levels of security to allow an event or game to run smoothly whilst undertaking reasonable safety measures.

ISSEE, along with our canine partner T&L Limited, have developed a comprehensive suite of training and assessment programmes to provide Explosive Detection Dog teams with a verifiable record of competence to detect explosives across both the commercial and HME range.

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