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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Transit Police K-9 Teams off to the Inauguration

Two Transit Police K-9 teams have been asked to help keep people safe during the 2013 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. The Department of Homeland Security requested the Transportation Security Administration-certified Explosive Detection K-9 teams for the Jan. 21 Presidential Inauguration. They will work with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the District of Columbia, Metro Transit Police Department.

NFTA Transit police officers Robert L. Bove and David A. Capretto, along with their K-9’s Cora and Gino, will join other teams from across the country assisting the TSA. This is the second time the NFTA Police have sent a K-9 team to the inauguration. In 2008, one team was deployed to provide additional transit security coverage.

George W. Gast, Chief of the NFTA Transit Police Department said, “I am extremely proud that our department will be represented during this high profile event. That we were considered speaks volumes about the capabilities and professionalism of our K-9 program and our officers.”

All assisting law enforcement officers will be duly deputized as Federal Officers by the U.S. Marshall’s Service for the requested period of service. The TSA National Canine Program will be responsible for direct reimbursement for expenses relating to lodging and travel costs for both officers and their canine companions.