Feature Search training and evacuation exercises

controlled by both Police and stadium stewards are useful deterrents and precautions, but the use of explosive detection dogs can be a significant enhancement to the security system at crowded places and other high footfall locations. Explosive Detection Dogs (EDD) are

capable of detecting minute traces of explosives concealed in bags, clothing or hidden in premises. EDD teams can provide a versatile, mobile and real-time search and detection capability that can offer significant benefits to many operations. Most dogs are trained to give a passive indication, which preserves forensic evidence, reduces the likelihood of the device being activated unintentionally and allows their safe use in screening of people. EDD training is an intensive process and

begins with building the dogs’ ‘vocabulary’ of suspicious odours, imprinted into the dog’s brain by repetition and reward. Currently, most dogs are trained to indicate commercial explosives such as dynamite, TNT, water gel, different plastic explosives and Semtex. With the increase use in home made explosives, dogs now need to be able to recognise and react to ETN, ANS, TATP and HMTD – with the likelihood this will continue to increase. Working with our NASDU registered

partners, T&L Ltd, ISSEE has developed a comprehensive and unparalleled training and service delivery package which trains and ‘licences’ EDD to detect both commercial and home-made explosives. This training is introduced to each dog and then reinforced by regular, mandatory continuation training throughout the year. Each new training session is enhanced with support material indicating any new and developing threats to ensure both dog and handler – the EDD team – remain current and effective. In understanding the threat and the role

of the EDD teams, ISSEE also provides opportunities for the dog handlers to under- go additional search skill training, including


the recognition of improvised explosives devices (IED) com- ponents and weapons. Training which is also available to other security staff, managers and event stewards. As a security manager, it should

be good practice to ensure that all components of the security system deployed around an event are effective and controlled. Utilising EDD teams enhances that system

train and be assessed on current relevant and realis-

tic threats, in terms of types and sizes of threats, conceal- ments, and types of searches identified in many operation- al requirements. ISSEE will also endorse training records indicat- ing types of explosives trained on, dates of training, and other aspects covered during training. Presenting this evidence of regular

HMEs are often described by acronyms such as TATP, ETN and HMTD. They

are invariably unstable, very sensitive and extremely powerful. The past two terrorist incidents in the UK using explosives – at Manchester Arena and the London Tube – both used TATP.

but by employing an EDD team trained and licenced to indicate on HME also will ensure all corners are covered by meeting the most likely threat posed by terrorists using explosives. Security managers and explosive detec-

tion dog handlers will acknowledge that there are significant health and safety, secu- rity and administrative burdens associated with storing explosives and using them for training detec- tion dogs. ISSEE is in a unique position of being involved in counter terrorism and counter IED training worldwide, and licensed to hold, store and use explosives. As an independent body we can provide EDD teams with an opportunity to

and relevant training will satisfy any security manager that the EDD team is committed to and maintains the highest standards and best practices. ISSEE is already recognised as a world

leader in the provision of Counter Terrorist consultancy and training across both government and the commercial sectors. By extending its service-offering to include EDD training, ISSEE is even better placed to fulfil its ‘First Choice’ position as a provider of proven and academically recognised security consultancy and services For more information on ISSEE

and enquiries about how we can provide EDD Teams to enhance your security contact us at



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