Expo goes to the dogs

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Search dogs that have been trained to seek out explosives will be on show at the forthcoming Counter Terror Expo 2009 on 10–11 February at the QE11 Conference Centre in the UK's capital, London.

Aiming to offer advice and guidance on countering the global threat from terrorist activity, Counter Terror Expo 2009 brings together government agencies and private sector operators to debate international security policy. Security expert ICTS–GIS will be exhibiting on Stand C66 for the duration of the conference with its specially trained dogs, and the company is also going to be fully operational in securing the show. Over four days, including the build–up to the conference and exhibition, ICTS–GIS' explosives search dogs will be on duty at the trade show, providing protective security services for the venue operators, event organisers, exhibitors, speakers and delegates at the annual event. ICTS–GIS launched its Combined Operations, Research and Training Centre near Abingdon in the UK during 2008. The facility represents in excess of £1m of investment over recent years with the aim of introducing a range of canine services for clients. A state–of–the–art kennel complex and training facilities for canines involved in aviation cargo screening has been constructed in the grounds of the centre. The complex includes 20 individual kennels, an Operations Room, meeting rooms, marketing suite, explosives and drug storage facilities to meet current regulations. All ICTS–GIS operational personnel and dogs are trained to the same standards as police officers and police dogs at Home Office–accredited dog training centres in Surrey and Durham in the UK. Several of the ICTS–GIS team are accredited trainers themselves, with many years of 'hands on' operational experience. ICTS–GIS' explosives search dogs are deployed at many of the UK's iconic sporting locations, in addition to carrying out regular operations in the transport environment. For example, having established a three–year rolling contract with National Express, regular deployments with dogs and handlers have been carried out at key transport hubs around the UK. In addition, the provision of defensive search services for the English and Wales Cricket Board that cover all key Test match venues (including Lords in London) features high on the ICTS GIS calendar. For these events, the company works in partnership with international security consultant Richard Hester Associates. ICTS–GIS also offers a 'one stop shop' canine service available on a consultancy basis to clients on a global basis to support the establishment, development and maintenance of canine facilities to police forces, customs services, defence forces, homeland security, border control, immigration services, port authorities and forensic teams to combat terrorism and drug–related crime. Commenting on the current state–of–play regarding security search dogs, John Franklin–Webb (responsible for group business development at ICTS–GIS) said: "We believe that, in the next few years, there will be a greater liaison and co–operation between government agencies and the private security sector as vigilance increases leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games. Demand for protective security services will grow. "

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