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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives


Contacts: Andrew L. Lluberes/Sheree L. Mixell


Immediate Release

July 20, 2005




Join Alumni From 13 Other Countries

FRONT ROYAL, Va. - Six canine trainers and six students from the Royal
Thai Police graduated today from the Canine Training Center of the Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). These new graduates
join more than 450 police officers from 13 foreign countries and the
United States to complete the premier explosives detection canine training

six Thai trainers spent 16 weeks here, including 10 weeks training the
six Thai students. ATF provides each trainer and student with a Labrador
retriever dog that completes the training with its handler and goes
to Thailand to serve as a team.

Explosives Detection Canine Course, begun in 1990 in conjunction with
the State Department's Office of Anti-Terrorism, has trained 474 teams
since its inception. They are currently deployed throughout the United
States and in 19 foreign countries, including Iraq, where they assist
in counter-terrorism missions and critical infrastructure protection.

would like to thank ATF and the U.S. Department of State for sharing
their knowledge and expertise," said Senior Sgt. Maj. Chartree
Jaipaupair, the Thai team leader. "I will ensure this knowledge
will be utilized to enhance our police force so our world will be a
safe place."

Royal Thai Police join foreign alumni from Argentina, Australia, Bahrain,
Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia,
Poland, and South Africa who have graduated from the ATF program. A
class from Qatar is due to complete training in September.

ATF instructors train the dogs, which are recertified on an annual basis,
to be able to recognize and locate 19,000 explosives compounds. They
also teach basic detection search of post-blast explosives scenes; vehicle,
building and aircraft searches; and open-area searches for weapons and
shell casings.

on lessons learned in its own highly successful program, ATF has begun
to implement national odor recognition testing as part of a scientifically
validated program. The testing will help to test and train explosives
detection canines used by other federal, state and local law enforcement
agencies to ensure that the dogs are fully capable of detecting a wide
variety of explosive odors commonly used in attacks around the world.

addition to its counter-terrorism mission, ATF uses its own canine teams
as well as ATF-trained federal, state and local canine teams to support
public safety in the United States at large events such as Presidential
Inaugurations, the G-8 summit, Super Bowl and other major sports events.

is the Department of Justice's lead agency for training explosives detection
canines. The explosives detection canine training is part of the extensive
explosives, firearms and arson training that the Bureau provides to
U.S. and foreign law enforcement. In addition to the training offered
in the United States, ATF currently provides explosives training to
the Iraqi Police Service, and offers ongoing explosives and firearms
training at the three International Law Enforcement Academies maintained
by the State Department in Hungary, Botswana and Thailand.

information on ATF and its programs is at