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MAY 2019

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8 P O L I C E M AY 2 019 F or more than a decade, North Carolina-based K2 Solutions Inc. has been providing law en- forcement and military customers with trained K-9s for patrol and oth- er critical operations. ese days much of K2's custom- er demand is for explosion detection K-9s. Accordingly, the company has all necessary ATF licenses required for making, handling, selling, and destroying explosives. e ability to make, handle, and store explo- sives on site, as well as to transport them locally and across state lines, is critical for K2's on-site trainers working to teach dogs to recognize the scent of explosive materials. It is equally important for ensuring the proper training of law enforcement explosive detection dog handlers, especially those working with K2's person-borne explosive detection canines, which are trained to detect explosives odor emanating from moving objects, includ- ing people, and to trail that odor. (See "Training the Bomb Hunters," POLICE, November 2018) K2's bomb dogs, including the person-borne explosive detection dogs, are valuable assets that law enforcement agencies and other K2 customers are using to safeguard arenas, stadiums, and other public venues against terror attacks. ey are highly trained, but their skills are per- ishable if not properly maintained. "Even though the dogs are trained, you still have to have training aids so that you can continue to reinforce the dog's training," says K2 ex- plosives expert James Gruzeski. at's why K2 decided to launch a new product for K-9 handlers and trainers: the Canine Scent Kit. e Canine Scent Kit contains a wide variety of explosives and explo- sive precursors such as chlorates so that K-9 handlers and trainers can maintain and sharpen the skills of their ani- mals. e standard kit includes such common explosives as black powder, smokeless powders, dynamite, Pyrodex, C-4, Semtex, TNT, RDX, PETN, detonating cords, and many others. However, the kits can also be customized to meet a customer's specific needs. "We are offering a little bit of every- thing you need to train with your K-9s," Gruzeski says. K2 has, for several years, sold ex- plosives to its law enforcement cus- tomers so they can train their K-9s, and some of these customers are very knowledgeable regarding their needs. "ey will give me a list of exactly what they want," Gruzeski says. Other customers are not sure what material they need for training. "Sometimes I'll get officers ordering product from us who really do not know what they need or want," he adds. at's why K2's Canine Scent Kit comes in a standard version but is also customizable to meet the spe- cific needs of some customers. "Cus- tomers can tell us what they want in the kit," Gruzeski explains. K2 usually ships its training ex- plosives to its law enforcement customers in boxes with the material packed inside in anti-static bags. e Canine Scent Kit is considerably more sophisticated. It consists of a specially customized hard case with the material packed in designated areas. e materials come in one-pound in- crements (detonating cords come in 50-foot increments) and are contained in clearly labeled jars with some packed in anti-static bags inside the jars. Gruzeski says buyers should handle the materials in the Canine Scent Kit with care, but there are no blasting caps included and none of the materials are drop sensitive. When it comes to safety, "you just have to have some com- mon sense," he says. You also have to store it according to ATF requirements. e Canine Scent Kit is certified for transport over the highways by the Department of Transportation, and it is available now from K2. Pricing varies based on number or- dered and materials requested. Contact K2 Solutions Inc. for more information. www.K2si.com FIRST LOOK K2 Solutions' Canine Scent Kit comes in a hard case with all materials organized and labeled. BOMB DOG TRAINING IN A BOX K2 SOLUTIONS' NEW CANINE SCENT KIT HELPS HANDLERS AND AGENCIES MAINTAIN THE CAPABILITIES OF THEIR BOMB DOGS. H DAVID GRIFFITH PHOTOS: K2 SOLUTIONS

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