Explosives Search Dog Detection Team visit Maiden Erlegh

On Tuesday 11 and 18 August, some of our students joining us in September were joined by the Thames Valley and Hampshire Police Explosives Search Dog DetectionTeam.

The dogs were practising their skills to allow them to sniff out hidden explosives, and the large Maiden Erlegh site provided ample opportunity for this.

Students met with handlers, Jamie and Rupert and their two Cocker Spaniels, Gus and Daisy. Students were treated to a talk on how the dogs are trained and how they learn to sniff out explosives. We were all impressed to learn that different breeds of dogs are used to sniff out different items, and that dogs are even trained to distinguish between the smells of different currencies. For instance, dogs can tell the difference between British Pounds and American Dollars.

All of those involved were very impressed with the skills of the dogs who provide vital help to the police. Julie Dennis, Business Manager of the school, said “we are pleased to be able to support the police by offering our facilities for their training. Our students were very excited to have the opportunity to talk to the police and their dogs”.

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