The Airport Authority’s K-9 Unit excelled during its annual certification evaluation conducted recently by the Transportation Security Administration.
The Authority’s Police Department has participated in the National Explosive Detection Canine Team Program since 1990. Officers attend 10 weeks of training at Lackland Air Force Base located in San Antonio, TX, before receiving canines. The teams are then required to pass an extensive annual evaluation to remain certified. Their work days are spent patrolling and protecting Memphis International Airport by sniffing for explosives in a variety of situations inside and outside the terminal, as well as clearing vehicles and support equipment that will transport dignitaries.
Memphis International Airport’s four outstanding teams (pictured) are K-9 Officer Mario DeGraff and Sara; K-9 Officer Richard McCain and Lena; K-9 Officer Tim Adams and Bblair; and K-9 Officer Brian Jenkins and Athos. Bblair was bred at Lackland Air Force Base and is named in honor of a first responder who died in the 9/11 terrorist attack. The other three dogs were brought from overseas and trained at Lackland.
“Our K-9 unit mirrors the excellence and dedication we have across the board in all areas of the Authority and we are proud of their accomplishments. We congratulate each team on a job well done,” said Scott Brockman, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.