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!
Mike and his canine, Hatter, joined MSA’s EDC team in March of this year. Mike possesses both military and law enforcement experience. He enlisted in the Navy upon high school graduation, was stationed at the San Diego Naval Base, and assigned to the USS Bristol County. He performed security and patrol details, was trained as a search and rescue swimmer, and as a heavy equipment operator.
When Mike joined MSA in March of this year, he was paired with EDC, Hatter. Hatter is an energetic and lovable 2 year old golden lab. Hatter came to MSA from Guiding Eyes for the Blind. As he grew, it became clear to Hatter’s raisers and Guiding Eye trainers that his temperament made him far better suited to serve as an explosive detection canine than as a guide dog for the visually impaired. Hatter was redirected to MSA’s training facility in Windsor where he was imprinted on a number of explosive odors and then paired with Mike for operational training. They passed NAPWDA and DOJ NORT certification with flying colors.
Hatter, as a puppy