VRE hosts training for TSA K-9 teams at Broad Run

PRESS RELEASE                                     

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

VRE hosts training for TSA K-9 teams at Broad Run Yard 

Manassas, Va. –Virginia Railway Express (VRE) hosted the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on a canine training event at the VRE Broad Run train yard in Prince William County today as part of a continuous effort in interagency surface training. This training opportunity is one of many law enforcement related training events hosted by VRE with local, state and federal partner agencies in the area.

The training consisted of TSA explosives detection canines sweeping train equipment and a station to help familiarize the dogs and their handlers with railroad environments. TSA trains explosives detection canines as one of its many measures to secure the national transportation system. This training is unique because the dogs come to the train yard so they can learn to easily adapt to railroad settings in the event a security situation occurs.

“Safety and security are priorities for us at VRE. We appreciate the work our partner agencies do and we’re here to help them with these surface training opportunities. We operate in a security critical region and are committed to pursuing as many opportunities as possible to incorporate security into our operations,” said VRE CEO Doug Allen. 

For the past several years, VRE has partnered with FBI, DHS, local law enforcement authorities, Capitol Police, NIH, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police, CSX police, NS police, Amtrak police, Secret Service, TSA and many other agencies by hosting training activities to detect narcotics and explosives. These training activities help law enforcement officials and canine units become familiarized with VRE equipment and security procedures to ensure the protection and safety of VRE riders.

“We truly value our security partnership with VRE and strive to conduct joint training exercises that expose our TSA handlers and their canine partners to a wide variety of different transportation venues such as the VRE Broad Run Rail Yard, as it enhances the overall response capability of our canine teams,” said Michael Gapinski, Section Chief of TSA’s National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program. “This training exercise is a great opportunity for our TSA teams to become further acclimated in safely and effectively conducting searches along tracks, rail cars, rail equipment and the overall operational environment associated with a rail yard.”

Canines are easily deployable due to their mobility, which makes them useful to maintain VRE security operations and provide security from potential threats.