University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave. Dept. 3124
Laramie, WY 82071
The departure of Officer Raymer and bomb detection canine Wilson left a void in the UWPD, one that was quickly filled with the addition of two new bomb detection canines. Sergeant Bade and Officer Seals were chosen by former Chief Lane to attend a two week training in Olathe, KS where they trained and bonded with German Shepard's Enzo and Mulder. Animal and handler bonding is crucial as the canines work, train and live with their handlers.
Sergeant Bade and Officer Seals are nationally certified, and must train with Enzo and Mulder for 16 hours per month in order to maintain certification. "We train with actual explosives, anything that may explode" Officer Seals said. When not training, the canine teams are utilized on campus during athletic events and high profile visits, including dignitaries. The teams have recently completed sweeps for outside organizations such as the Wyoming State Legislature and Rock Springs High School.
The two canines were purchased through a Homeland Security grant, joining a bomb detection force that spans from Cheyenne to the Natrona County Sheriffs Office. The canine teams respond to requests regionally including parts of Colorado. Any organization requesting a sweep may contact the UWPD for more information.