19 Mar '12, 3pm

Dogs sniff out terrorists at London Olympics

Dogs sniff out terrorists at London Olympics

Photo: British Transport Police An estimated 1 million visitors are expected to travel to London for the 2012 Olympic Games, and with large crowds comes the threat of a terrorist attack. The city is preparing for this influx of people in a variety of ways, and bomb-sniffing dogs are one of its first lines of defense against the threat of an attack. The British Transport Police, which protects Britain’s subways and railways, is the largest and oldest dog unit in the United Kingdom, and it’s been using “proactive” dogs to guard London’s transportation system for years. These canines focus on inspecting specific places within in the transit system and investigating suspicious luggage left on trains or buses. However, three years ago, the BTP began training “passive dogs,” which search for explosives among crowds. These dogs zero in on suspicious scents and follow them to thei...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/dogs-sniff-out-ter...

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