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T&M EDC Teams Receive Certification from the International Police Work Dog Association

December 07, 2010

NEW YORK, NY – December 7, 2010 – On Saturday, December 4, 2010, the International Police Work Dog Association (IPWDA) certified explosive detection canines and handlers from T&M Protection Resources (T&M) in Phase IA and Phase IIA testing. The testing took place at Camp Frontline, a state-of-the-art ten acre canine training facility whose President, Michael Stapleton, is a pioneer and recognized expert in the specialized training and handling of explosive detection canines.

Sixteen explosive detection canine teams from T&M are certified in Phase IA testing, which consists of the successful odor recognition of at minimum ten explosives. In addition, and for the first time in the private sector, Phase IIA certification was given to six T&M explosive detection canine teams. Phase IIA testing is considered to be extremely challenging and involves operational testing to include luggage, room and vehicle searches. Testing was administered by Richard Sheehy, a Master Trainer with IPWDA. Mr. Sheehy is retired from the Massachusetts State Police and specializes in utility, narcotics and explosives training.   

The IPWDA began in 1998 with the mission of forming an organization for both police and civilian explosive detection canine handlers. Today, the IPWDA includes approximately 800 members from around the world and conducts training, seminars and certification for both canines and handlers in various disciplines of canine explosive detection.

For more information on T&M’s Explosive Detection Canine Services, please contact Rocco De Benedetto, Vice President of Special Operations, at 212.422.0000 or