Meet Brewster, CPD's First Explosive Detection K9
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Charlottesville Police Department (CPD) is introducing its newest officer.
Brewster is the department’s first explosive detection K9, and he's already working hard to keep the community safe.
Charlottesville police say Brewster will be primarily used for known, major gatherings: concerts, University of Virginia sporting events, as well as places like the Greyhound bus hub and Amtrak train station.
Brewster's handler, CPD Officer James Burnett, put the dog to the test at McIntire Park during a demonstration for the media early Tuesday, September 3. The K9 located a training tool inside a picnic shelter.
The nearly 2-year-old black lab comes from the ATF and went through extensive training on scents that are commonly found in explosives.
Last month, police deployed Brewster for a suspicious package at UVA's Carruthers Hall.
"When you have a known threat - that package - we won't typically run the dog over to it because we already know it's there. There's something off about it, but where the dog becomes instrumental is the surrounding area. If you have one, you should check to make sure you don't have two. It's a law enforcement principle we use for everything," Burnett explained.
Brewster went through 10 weeks of training with Burnett. He will need to be re-certified with his handler once a year.
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