The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) at Burlington Worldwide Airport (BTV) is celebrating the profession and retirement of Cooper, an explosive detection canine who has labored as a Passenger Screening Canine at BTV since 2017. Previous to this posting, Cooper screened passengers at Washington Dulles Worldwide Airport (IAD)
Cooper, who noticed his final official obligation day earlier this month, began his coaching at Auburn College’s Explosives Detection Pet Program. He was then chosen to attend a jail pet program the place inmates labored with him conducting primary obedience drills.
After a yr of coaching, Cooper’s TSA profession began at IAD the place he served for six years from 2011-2017. Throughout his time at IAD, Cooper continued coaching to hone his abilities conducting quite a few demonstrations at native colleges and varied authorities workplaces whereas in Passenger Screening class with handler, Bob Banach. They have been additionally chosen to attend the U.S Marine Corps pre-deployment college at Yuma Proving Grounds, AZ.
In February 2017, Cooper and his handler transferred to BTV in South Burlington, Vermont. Cooper spent 4 years at BTV offering his abilities to TSA’s safety operation. This was along with the lots of of hours Cooper educated to keep up his certification and hold his explosive detection capabilities sharp.
“Cooper could have hung up his leash for the ultimate time, however the of us right here at BTV received’t overlook his contributions throughout his 4 years of service to safety operations at Burlington Worldwide Airport,” stated Bob Banach, TSA Explosives Detection Canine Handler. “We have been lucky to have had Cooper as a key member of our TSA crew.”
Throughout his 10-year profession, Cooper screened near half one million airport passengers, and performed safety operations at many nationwide occasions throughout the nation sniffing out potential threats to aviation safety.
In retirement, Cooper, an 11-year-old yellow Labrador, will transition from being a working canine to being a pet with a really particular set of abilities. He’ll stay at dwelling with Bob and his spouse, Patti, having fun with the water and their pontoon boat.
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