ARVADA, Colo. - Police dogs from around the country are being trained to sniff out homemade explosives at Arvada West High School.
Members of the Denver division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Tuesday are training the dogs to detect peroxide-based bombs. The dogs and their handlers will also be trained to become nationally certified in odor detection during the three-day program at Arvada West High School.
For a canine team to become NORT-certified (National Odor Recognition Test), the canine must identify 10 explosives compounds, achieving a 100 percent detection rate.
Denver ATF agents will also introduce their own new bomb-sniffing dog, Randi. The ATF says the dog, which once helped the blind, can detect as many as 19,000 explosive combinations.Her job is to help ATF agents and law enforcement officers locate explosives and firearms.