TSA’s National Explosive Detection Canine Program


The Canine Training Center (CTC) is located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. This site trains and deploys both TSA-led and state and local law enforcement-led canine teams. These teams, made up of a canine and a handler, support the day-to-day activities that secure and protect transportation environments.

The CTC is considered the center for excellence in explosives detection canine training, and is the only program of its kind in the Department of Homeland Security and the second largest in the federal government, after the Department of Defense.

The site contains 17 indoor venues that mimic a variety of transportation sites and modes. This includes a cargo facility, an airport gate area, a checkpoint, a baggage claim area, the interior of an aircraft, a vehicle parking lot, a light rail station, a light rail car, an air cargo facility, a mock terminal, and open area searches venues for air scenting.

TSA canine training in a parking lot
Image: TSA

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Source: U.S. Transportation Security Administration