Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
to Fort McCoy has become more secure with the use of a bomb-sniffing
dog to help screen incoming vehicles.
Marion Byerson puts Ira, a
bomb-sniffing dog, to work during vehicle-search training at the
Fort McCoy Main Gate. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
of Emergency Services (DES) Lt. Richard Jackson said the department
contracted with Byerson Specialized Protection Services of Onalaska
earlier this year to provide the dog on a recurring basis.
Byerson, who formerly worked in law enforcement in La Crosse, Wis.,
will bring two dogs to support security checks at Fort McCoy. Ira, a
Dutch Malinois (shepherd) bomb-sniffing dog, visited Fort McCoy last
month. Logan, a narcotics dog, also a Malinois, is scheduled to visit
Fort McCoy, as well.
dogs train once a week," Byerson said. "They support other
law enforcement agencies and also are used to check the crowd at every
Green Bay Packers home game."
said the dogs provide excellent support to the security measures
because of their superb sense of smell, which is well beyond a humanís
sense of smell.
"The key benefits to a K-9 program are the (dog's) ability
to quickly and reliably search for contraband and explosives.
Trace material can be missed by the (human) eye..."
Fort McCoy Directorate of
key benefits to a K-9 program are the (dogís) ability to quickly and
reliably search for contraband and explosives," he said.
"Trace material can be missed by the (human) eye, however, it is
hard to defeat the sense of smell that a K-9 brings to the team.
K-9 affords the ability to conduct searches with fewer
personnel," he said. "Large or small areas can be checked
rapidly and efficiently."
Police Sgt. Jon Cave uses a
search mirror to inspect the underside of a vehicle during a
vehicle inspection training exercise at the Fort McCoy Main
Gate. (Photo by Rob
Operations Captain Robert Stapel said the mere presence of the dogs
can send a message to anyone who would try to breech the installationís
security access system or bring in contraband narcotics.
adds another deterrent to Ďbadí people trying to come onto the
installation," he said. "It increases their chances of
getting caught." Hopefully, that will discourage them from trying
to gain access to Fort McCoy, he said.
the recent visit by Byerson and Ira, DES Police Officers Sgt. Jon Cave
and Jeff Kempt first used search mirrors to check underneath vehicles.
Byerson then brought Ira into action to conduct a further check of the