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High security hide-and-seek, K9 training at Sea-Tac | West Seattle Herald / White Center News Skip to Main Content Area Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | Overcast, 66.2 °F search Letters Sign in Subscribe Contact Us Front Page News Features Sports Opinion Police Blotter Mayor Murray bows out of race in emotional announcement at Alki Bath House Seattle Mayor Ed Murray chose the Alki Bath House to make his ... Leaders, do-gooders and innovative businesses recognized at West Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s annual Westside Awards Breakfast By Lindsay Peyton Maria Groen turned her acceptance speech ... Chief Sealth pounds West Seattle in playoff tuneup By Tim Clinton SPORTS EDITOR What a way to tune up for the ... Amanda's View: Colosseum and memoriam By Amanda Knox Approaching Century Link Field in a throng of ... Police Blotter week of 5-8-17 Motorbike stolen from outdoor shed A man residing on the 8400 ... Features High security hide-and-seek, K9 training at Sea-Tac Pat's View: Ace reporter Sunset of the week 5-8-17 Enjoy a healthy smoothie, tax-free Take a ride on the Goodship – Jody Hall paves the way with cupcakes, cannabis Good for you: Mom was right Kitchen Talk: A mother's true love Westside-O-Rama West Seattle Entertainment Guide Marc Lainhart is a prospector in service to spirit Smart investing can help you keep moving toward your goals Sunset of the week 5-1-17 Pat's View: Hanging Shoes Good for you:The Unscrambling of Eggs Kitchen Talk: Eggsactly what you need Happenings in the Heart of West Seattle Jennifer's View: Meet the new SW Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Can you free yourself of some investment-related taxes? Sunset of the week 4-24-17 Pat's View: Mannequin What’s on tap? Ounces serves up only the best -- exclusively from Washington Pat's View: Slogans Sunset of the week 4-17-17 Rock the House and Day of Giving are coming up fast You Are What You Eat - Don’t cry for me — I’ll be in Argentina! The cake that won $10,000; 'Baked' custom cake boutique comes out on top Lindsay PeytonOfficer Warren Bresko with rescue dog Murphy, who has served as his partner for three years, practiced finding explosives in a crowded space during a training drill at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Tuesday, May 9. High security hide-and-seek, K9 training at Sea-Tac 05/09/2017 updated 4 minutes ago By Lindsay Peyton The dogs had a field day at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Tuesday, May 9. “It’s just like hide-and-seek, what we do all day long with the dogs,” Port of Seattle K9 officer David Irons said. While the day’s training session may have seemed like a game for the bomb-sniffing canines, the important work they were doing could save lives one day. There were multiple drills planned at the airport, all as a way for the dogs to practice finding explosives in a crowded space. Officers from various units around the state were invited to attend, with their canine companions, to train alongside travelers at the airport, finding real explosives in a real-world environment. The airport was just one of a handful of sites, where more than 120 K9 teams trained during the day. In the baggage area, dogs searched until they found bags, which officers had planted on-site. In the ticketing area, the four-legged security guards practiced identifying a moving target, using a technique that Port of Seattle officer Hannah Minnehan said is also used in the Pentagon. “Traditionally, dogs are trained on a stationary threat,” she said. “What we’re doing is training dogs to track a moving target.” Instead of simply finding abandoned bags containing explosives, the dogs learned how to find a person carrying weapons and follow them until they are apprehended. Minnehan said the idea is to give dogs the opportunity to practice working in a busy environment. Convening various police agencies from around the state also gives the organizations a chance to practice working together – and to be better prepared for an emergency situation. “If we ever need added resources, it’s nice to be able to call on these agencies,” she said. “The faster the response, the better.” Irons said a key goal was to foster a learning scenario for all of the K9 units. “It’s just an opportunity to get together and train as a group,” he said. “It’s good to get all of these people together. Brian DeRoy, a spokesman for the Port of Seattle, said canine units are an important part of airport security. “A dog is a traveler’s best friend,” he said. “A dog essentially becomes a pre-check. They speed up the line. And we hope it doesn’t ever happen, but a dog can detect something that could prevent a massive situation.” DeRoy added that the Port of Seattle Police have recently added three new canine team members. Minnehan said having dogs working at the visibly demonstrates the high priority the Port places on security. “Don’t you feel safer when you see the dogs?” she said. “That’s what we want to do here, make our passengers feel safe.” Minnehan added that in addition to their intense sense of smell, dogs have the advantage of being on the move. “Dog teams are mobile and adaptable,” she said. Photo gallery for this story We encourage our readers to comment. No registration is required. We ask that you keep your comments free of profanity and keep them civil. They are moderated and objectionable comments will be removed. View the discussion thread. Please send us your news tips, photos or ideas of how we can better cover your neighborhood. Email us at WestSeattle@robinsonnews.com or TEXT news tips to 206-459-6717 Receive updates on news and events in the West Seattle neighborhood via Twitter! Web development by Freelock Computing © 2017 Robinson Communications Inc. All Rights Reserved. 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