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K-9 Unit Explosive Detection Canine Teams

Vanderbilt University Police Department explosive detection canine teams provide a multi-layered security approach to special events at Vanderbilt University as well as augment the patrol section of the central campus precinct. This section was established in 2007, consists of three United States Police Canine Association certified detector dog teams that provide K-9 service to around 130 pre-planned events each year. These teams also respond to numerous suspicious package/vehicles calls for service each year. These teams have received specialized training and continued education related to the mitigation and response to terroristic activity.  All VUPD explosive detection canine teams train and communicate regularly with our agency partners to include , MNPD K-9 Section, MNPD Hazardous Devices Unit, Tennessee Highway Patrol K-9 Section, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force- Nashville District, United States Federal Marshalls office, United States Alcohol/Tobacco/Firearms and explosive bureau as well as the Nashville International Airport Police Department.

K-9 Officer Dyno (Serving Since September 2017) and his handler, Lieutenant Jason Bates

Lt. Bates and Dyno

 K-9 Officer Harvey (Serving Since May 2014) and his handler, Sergeant Ray Stanard

Sgt. Stanard and Harvey

K-9 Officer Brutus (Serving Since September 2017) and his handler, Sergeant John Oliver

Sgt. Oliver and Brutus

To request a demonstration from one of our explosive detection canines or educational programming concerning the canine section please submit request