Innovations in Security: Examining the Use of Canines

October 3, 2017 2:00 PM | Rayburn House Office Building Room 2154

The Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs will hold a joint hearing entitled “Innovations in Security: Examining the Use of Canines.” The subcommittees will hear from industry professionals and experts on the use of canines for security purposes, shortages in the supply of qualified canines, challenges to use and procurement of domestic canines, innovations in canine detection and security traits and techniques, and efforts to improve collaboration on these issues.  The panel will also discuss opportunities to expand the visibility of canines at soft targets and transportation hubs throughout the country.

Opening Statements

Rep. John Katko (R-NY), Subcommittee Chairman
Opening Statement

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Ms. Sheila Goffe
Vice President of Government Relations
American Kennel Club
Witness Testimony

Lieutenant Scott Smith
Orlando Police Department
Orlando, Florida
Witness Testimony

Ms. Cynthia M. Otto
Penn Vet Working Dog Center
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Witness Testimony

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