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UW's New Explosive Detection Canine Program

December 10, 2009
Dog with man
Wilson and his handler, UWPD Officer Ben Raymer, the University of Wyoming's new explosive detection team.

The University of Wyoming Police Department and the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security (WOHS) have begun an Explosive Detection Canine program on campus.

The canine/handler explosive detection team is UWPD Officer Ben Raymer and his canine partner, Wilson. After being found as a stray, Wilson was taken to the Iron Heart dog training facility in Kansas City, Kan., where he and Raymer completed their certification. Wilson will live and work with Raymer full-time.

"Using explosive detection canines at large sporting events is becoming more and more of an industry standard," says Troy Lane, UW chief of police. "I was with the Kansas State University football team in 2005 when a patron detonated a homemade bomb outside of the stadium. This event stuck with me, and I have long felt Explosive Detection Canine programs should be a routine and integral part of all large university athletic events."

WOHS provided funds for the canine, lodging and training and certification of the dog and handler, and will cover any future veterinary services. UWPD provided a handler, home and food for the dog.

Additional information on the WOHS Explosive Canine Detection program can be found at

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