Feb 7, 2010 12:23 PM by Elaine Sheridan
The Denver Broncos didn't make it to this year's Super Bowl, but that doesn't mean that Colorado won't be represented at the big game.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have fielded their best players to help prepare for a safe and secure Super Bowl XLIV. These pros include ATF K-9 explosives detection teams that have been deployed to Miami from around the country, including a team from Denver.
The K-9 teams are working side-by-side with other federal, state and local law-enforcement officers to keep the football teams and fans safe throughout this event.
"The K-9 teams that are here in Miami for the Super Bowl are the best of the best," said Hugo Barrera, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Miami Field Division. "Like the football teams that will be playing in the Super Bowl, these handlers and their K-9 partners have been training and preparing all year for this event," Barrera said. "We are proud to say that the only thing the fans have to worry about is whether their team wins or loses."
The Denver team is ATF Special Agent Canine Handler, Doug Lambert and his partner, "Ostermann", a four-year-old black Labrador retriever. Lambert and Ostermann's "routine" work will include looking and sniffing for explosives, firearms and ammunition.
"Our Agents Doug Lambert and Ostermann make quite an impressive team," said Acting Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Denver Field Division Melvin King.
ATF's program, which began in 1986, uses only Labrador retrievers. The dogs are supplied by the Guiding Eyes for the Blind, the Guide Dog Foundation, and Canine Companions for Independence. These specialty canines attend a 10-week training program with their handlers that are conducted at the ATF Canine Training Center in Front Royal, Va. Upon completion of this course, the canines are trained to detect a variety of explosive compounds and materials that could be used in an explosive device. The canines can also detect firearms and ammunition and are used in the more traditional protective search and sweep operations. Once the canine and the handler complete the ATF basic training course, they begin their field work and continue to train on a daily basis.