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Thursday, January 18, 2018

NFTA TAPD K9 Teams are Superbowl LII Bound

NFTA TAPD K9 Teams Offcr. Dave Capretto and King and
Offcr. Andre Taibbi and Holly
Two NFTA TAPD K9 teams have been selected to help with security at Superbowl LII.   Officer Dave Capretto and his partner King along with Officer Andre Taibbi and Holly will be leaving for Minneapolis late January for a ten day trip.  They will be assisting with explosive detection and overall stadium security prior to and during the big game on February 4.

Our NFTA TAPD officers are among 80 police handler and dog units selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and whom have been deputized and granted full arrest power by the United States Marshalls and the City of Minneapolis.   These officers and their K9 partners will patrol parking lots, spectator stands, sidelines and numerous areas within the vicinity of U.S. Bank Stadium including parking lots and vehicles. 
"K9 teams really are the most successful tool in detecting explosives.  With any large-scale special event these days, there is a potential for some sort of nefarious activity.  Although our teams are extremely well-trained, they have been also undergoing an event-specific security orientation to help protect everyone involved in this highly-visible national event." said Chief George Gast, NFTA's Police Chief. 
This is the third time that NFTA TAPD officers have been asked to help patrol during a superbowl, and we couldn't be more proud.  Maybe next year we will also be able to cheer on own home team, the Buffalo Bills!