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MSA Security launches firearms detection canine services

May 16, 2022  By Blue Line Staff

Apr. 27, 2022, New York – MSA Security, has announced a newly executed exclusive agreement with Shallow Creek Kennels to train MSA canines in firearms detection. This capability enhances the company’s existing threat detection offerings, creating a sophisticated new solution to address the escalating active shooter and criminal threat.

MSA Security has been the industry’s leading Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) provider for over three decades with more than 800 DHS SAFETY Act designated teams deployed around the world. MSA EDC teams are capable of detecting a full range of commercial and homemade explosives, including black powder used in firearms. Through this new partnership with Shallow Creek, MSA will be able to train canines explicitly for firearms detection, using odors unique to firearms, regardless of whether gunpowder residue exists on the firearm.

MSA Security has a long-established reputation for the development of cutting-edge solutions to high-consequence threats. In the late 2000s, MSA identified the increasing use of homemade and peroxide-based explosives in terrorist tradecraft, becoming one of the first private sector companies to train canines on these highly sensitive and dangerous materials. Later, as the person-borne explosive threat grew in prominence, with attacks like those at the Stade-de-France in 2015 and Manchester Arena in 2017, MSA pivoted to train canines for explosive odor tracking.

Today, one of the most prominent threats in the security landscape is the sustained increase in active shooter attacks and criminal gun violence. MSA’s introduction of Firearms Detection Canines provides clients with an incredibly effective, versatile, and dynamic solution to aid in the deterrence and detection of a concealed firearm. The solution empowers organizations in an effort to pre-empt potential mass casualty events, minimize the risk to their guests or patrons, protect their brand, and reduce their liability.


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