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New London 2010 recruits to sniff out safer stations

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Department for Transport

New London 2010 recruits to sniff out safer stations

23 Mar 2010 13:00
source Department for Transport
type Press release

A new team of explosives sniffer dogs will be deployed at key railway stations to help keep visitors to the London Olympic and Paralympic Games safe from harm, Transport Minister Paul Clark announced yesterday as he saw the dogs in action at Stratford International station.

The new team of British Transport Police dogs and handlers, which has been funded by the Department for Transport, will patrol key railway stations throughout the Games. The ten new recruits include three dogs which have been rescued from animal shelters. These animals were saved from being put down after shelter volunteers spotted their potential and contacted the British Transport Police.

Paul Clark said:

"These new dogs and their handling team will help ensure the safety of the thousands of visitors we are expecting at London 2012.

"Seeing the dogs and their handlers in action today I was impressed at how unobtrusively they go about their work. This is vital, as stations are expected to be very busy and we must provide security with minimal disruption to the travelling public. We expect everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Olympic Games but of course we have to take security precautions.”

The new recruits will join the existing team that makes up the British Transport Police's Explosives Search Dogs Section (ESD).

Olympic Security Minister Lord West said:

"These new sniffer dogs are a welcome addition to the London 2012 security team. The dogs are just one part of the biggest security operation in the UK since the second world war. They will play an important role in ensuring that London 2012 is remembered for its sporting achievements."

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Thomas, who leads BTP’s London 2012 Programme Team, said:

“With a train arriving into the Olympic Park every 13.5 seconds at peak time, and 80% of spectators using rail transport, any disruption will have a serious impact. We will be using these resources proactively to ensure that the network remains secure and to help keep security related incidents to an absolute minimum.”

Sponsored by the Department for Transport as part of BTP’s preparations for the London 2012, the dogs and handlers have completed their eight weeks initial training and are currently being independently licensed.

Notes for editors

1. ESD dogs are proactive search dogs, mostly Springer Spaniels and Labradors. Amongst the London 2012 contingent there is also one Collie cross and a German Shepherd cross.

2. Labradors have an average working life of six to seven years, Springer Spaniels seven to eight years.

3. The London 2012 dog teams are being funded by Department for Transport from the £23.8m Olympic budget it has given to the BTP.

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