Port Authority trains 3 new K-9 officers on explosives detection, at Newark Airport

NEWARK, N.J. (WABC) — There are three young Port Authority police officers in training in Newark, and they are eager to protect using their keen sense of smell.

“Our goal as Port Authority police officers is to keep customers safe at our facilities,” Officer Eric Brozek said.

Ciri, Vinny, and Perry are the latest K-9 officers in training for the Port Authority and they all have very different personalities.

But they all have one thing in common: they want to work.

These three dogs are specialized in the detection of explosive devices and will be able to detect 15 different explosive smells.

“K-9 must be right, we have no room for error,” Brozek said.

Officer Rodney Arroyo trains new K-9 recruits and says they are determined to search everything, “terminals, planes, vehicles, luggage”.

The work of the K-9 is essential to keeping travel centers safe.

An unattended bag at Newark airport on Wednesday raised concerns and K-9 Daga, who is certified, came to complete the search.

And just like that: everything is clear.

“It’s the nose, you can’t replace a dog’s nose,” Arroyo said. “The dog recognizes there’s a scent to sit on. And he sits on it.”

Arroyo trains dogs and their handlers to be ready for any situation.

“We have millions of people traveling through our facilities,” Arroyo said. “We have to be on top of our A-game all the time.”

These three K-9 officers in training are going to make sure you get where you need to be.

“We came to work to make sure you got on your flight or bus,” Brozek said.

All three dogs will graduate next week, bringing the Port Authority’s K-9 unit total to 44 dogs.

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