MSA’s Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) program deploys trained explosive detection dogs and their handlers to protect the personnel and property of corporate and government clients throughout the country. Our EDC blog highlights some of these hard working teams, both on and off the job!
Joe and Wilhelm are MSA’s star Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) team! Joe is MSA’s EDC field supervisor, and Wilhelm has been his trusted canine partner for the past five years. Every day, Joe and Wilhelm visit different sites throughout the New York City area, wherever MSA’s canine teams are deployed. Joe checks in with clients and handlers to ensure that the EDC program is running smoothly. Wilhelm makes use of his extensive training and experience to help his fellow canines inspect for explosives at different sites.Read More
The Islamic State’s propaganda wing released a chilling message directed at the U.S., its allies and President Barack Obama. The video, which is still being evaluated for authenticity, reportedly includes the beheading of American captive Peter Kassig and several Syrian soldiers at the hands of a jihadist that is clad in the black uniform seen in previous execution videos. The individual, speaking with a British accent, is believed to be “Jihadi John” who was also responsible for the beheadings of James Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines and Alan Henning. Unlike previous videos, which were centered on the execution of a western hostage, Kassig did not make an anti-U.S. statement nor was he beheaded on camera. Instead, the executioner is shown standing over a beheaded body, which he claims is Kassig. Kassig, a former U.S. Army Ranger, was captured in Syria in October 2013 while providing humanitarian aid to local communities.Read More
Yesterday afternoon, 32-year-old Zale Thompson charged four NYPD officers with a hatchet as they were posing for a freelance photographer in Queens, New York. According to witnesses, he approached the officers silently, from behind, taking them by surprise. One officer was struck in the right arm, and another in the side of the head. The other two officers fired their weapons, killing Thompson and wounding a female bystander in the lower back. The officer that was struck in the head is currently in critical but stable condition, and the officer with the arm wound is expected to be released today.Read More
On Monday, 25-year-old Martin Couture-Rouleau killed one Canadian soldier and injured another, when he
struck them with his vehicle in a supermarket parking lot in Quebec. Although Rouleau was fatally shot by police, it was later discovered that he was an Islamic convert with links to terrorist organizations. Following the incident, Islamic State supporters posted messages on social media praising Rouleau for his actions and calling for “Muslims in Canada to follow the footsteps of our (sic) brave brother.” Less than 48 hours later, 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the Canadian National War Memorial, before charging into the Parliament building, where he was killed by a law enforcement official. Immediately after the attack, Islamic State supporters took to Twitter once again, praising the attack as retaliation for the airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.
A Message from Patrick J. Lynch, PBA President
Thanks to a great deal of hard work and lobbying by this union, today's cop-killers can be sentenced to life in prison without parole. Sadly, that wasn’t always the case and there are literally dozens of dangerous cop-killers who are regularly given a shot at freedom through parole. It has long been the PBA’s position that anyone who kills a police officer would not think twice about killing a civilian and that they should remain incarcerated for the rest of their lives. The system, however, allows them to argue for parole every two years once they’ve served their minimum sentence.