As the nation watches the massive manhunt in Boston, the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Special Operations Division today informed the community of the extensive training its officers undertake to stay prepared for similar scenarios. Lt. Chris Price, Commander of SOD’s Special Services Section, said, “What we’re all watching on TV is likely opening the eyes of every law enforcement agency in the nation.” The specialized units within the Special Operations Division engage in weekly training sessions that simulate a variety of scenarios the officers could one day encounter.
Two of the SOD’s Explosive Detection K-9 teams conducted a demonstration today. Cpl. Jeff Walden and K-9 Zoey, as well as Cpl. Mike Amorino and K-9 Bo, demonstrated an explosives sweep. The PGPD currently has four Explosive Detection K-9s. A fifth will be added to the ranks in the next few weeks.
Lt. Price also provided details of the security enhancements planned at Saturday’s scheduled Glo Run at the National Harbor. PGPD will conduct backpack inspections. Explosive Detection K-9s will also be on hand. These security enhancements are strictly out of an abundance of caution. There are currently no known threats in connection with the annual 5K run.
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