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History of Third-Party Canine (3PK9) Program

In August 2007, then-President of the United States George W. Bush signed the Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007 legislation into law. This law required the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a system to enable the commercial aviation industry to screen 100 percent of cargo transported on passenger aircraft. In 2010, because of this legislation, the U.S. Department of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) implemented a requirement that all air cargo must be screened prior to being loaded onto a passenger aircraft. Air cargo must be screened at the piece level for explosive hazards by an approved method.

To meet these requirements the aviation industry deployed multiple air cargo security solutions including X-ray machines, Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) Devices, Electronic Metal Detection (EMD) Devices, and Explosive Detection Systems (EDS) Devices, as well as K9s from the TSA's National Explosive Detection Canine Team Program (NEDCTP).

In 2014 the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC), recommended that the TSA implement a third party canine program for the primary screening of air cargo. ASAC is a committee comprised of individuals representing private sector organizations affected by aviation security requirements. The organization was established in 1989 following the terrorist attach on Pan AM Flight 103 and was made a permanent body by the Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2014.

The NEDCTP's primary focus is to provide canine security in the passenger terminals. Consequently, the cargo industry had limited access to the cargo screening canines. To address this gap the TSA developed the Third-Party Canine Program (3PK9) which establishes the process for the aviation industry the use of private sector companies to provide K9 cargo screening.

In order to for private sector organizations to provide canine cargo screening they must undergo the TSA's Certified Cargo Screening Program K9 (CCSP-K9) approval process. Once the organization is approved, each explosive detection canine team (consisting of one canine and one handler) must undergo a TSA certification process. Once a team successfully completes the TSA certification, they are designated as a Certified Cargo Screening Facility K9 (CCSF-K9). At which point they may begin screening cargo.

Global K9 Protection Group

The GK9PG team has established the Canine Cargo Screening Center of Excellence (CSCOE). This 75,000 square foot structure located in the Auburn, AL area is entirely dedicated to the development of Certified Cargo Screening Facility - K9 (CCSF-K9) teams. Our team of K9 Professionals are currently providing CCSF-K9 services in 20 cities across the United States.

GK9PG is a technology focused company that is centered on developing dynamic solutions to meet the ever-changing security landscape. By embracing digital transformation and infusing lessons learned, we are able to deliver the highest quality K9 services in the industry.

Our Certified Cargo Screening Facility K9s (CCSF-K9) serve as bio-sensors to bolster air cargo security. Combining cargo screening K9s with highly trained K9 Professionals creates one of the most advanced air cargo screening technologies.

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