Paws for a Sec: Meet an Amtrak Police Dog
Meet Zorro, one of our more than 50 K9 explosive detection dogs that help keep you safe.
When we caught up with Zorro, he was taking a break at the Auburn University training facility. Each explosive-detection team (K-9 and officer) undergoes an 11-week training program at either Auburn University or the TSA facility at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, where the dogs are trained in odor recognition and officers are trained to read their behaviors.
Strategically deployed at stations throughout the system, the Amtrak Police Department K-9 teams provide a psychological and physical deterrent to potential threats from explosives. Currently the K-9 teams are involved in up to 1,000 train trips a month, trying to sniff out materials used in bomb making.
Based out of New York City's Penn Station, seven-and-a-half-year-old Zorro, uses his bomb-sniffing skills throughout trains and stations in the Northeast Corridor--Boston to D.C. Zorro's police dog duties even include securing areas for high-profile dignitaries, including POTUS Barack Obama's 2009 and 2013 Inauguration and searches for VPOTUS Joe Biden. Proof that our passengers are also VIPs.
Curious about what Zorro and his partner Sergeant Smith do when he's off duty? He loves to run and play fetch in the snow!
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