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  • Name: Hamlet
  • Specialty: Explosives Detection/Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.)
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: Yellow
  • Sex: Male
  • Weight: 78 Pounds
  • Birthday: November 3, 2013
  • Training: ATF National Canine Center, Front Royal, VA
  • Handler: Special Agent Canine Handler Kathleen Plasha-Gallagher
  • Location: Philadelphia Field Division
K-9 Hamlet is a graduate of ATF's Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.) program and is trained as an Explosives Detection Canine (EDC).  K-9 Hamlet specializes in finding explosives, firearms/ammunition and shell casings once they have been fired from a firearm.  In addition, Hamlet has the capability to be sent off-leash to specific targets such as vehicles, luggage, boxes, trash cans and back-packs, up to 100 yards away.  Once Hamlet is at the target, he can be directed to search for explosives and/or firearms using whistle commands and hand signals.  When Hamlet smells an explosive or firearm the alert would be given, which is for Hamlet to sit.  With Hamlet having the ability to search off-leash at a distance up to 100 yards this allows for additional safety for emergency response crews to remain at a safe distance from a potential threat.
Hamlet started his career with ATF in April, 2016. Hamlet was raised as a participant in the Guiding Eye’s Foundation. K-9 Hamlet graduated from the ATF training facility on July 24, 2016. Hamlet has been successful in assisting federal, state and local law enforcement agencies on numerous searches and security details as well.
In his spare time K-9 Hamlet likes to relax in the pool and play with his retired sister K-9 Lulu.
Last Reviewed April 21, 2017