Miranda Tomic

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!

Today, from MSA’s Explosive Detection Canine department, we bring you Tommy and Maxine. Tommy and Maxine have been working hard to keep MSA’s clients safe for over 4 years. They currently work at 4 different sites in the New York City area, screening visitors and packages for explosives. Tommy has been working as a handler for MSA for 5 years. Prior to joining the MSA team, Tommy was an NYPD officer for 21 years. He retired as a detective, working with the District Attorney’s squad for his final assignment.


Maxine is a beautiful and loveable 5 year old black lab. She is a graduate of the puppies behind bars program in which prison inmates raise service dogs and train them to socialize with people and other dogs. From the puppies behind bars program, she moved on to MSA’s extensive EDC training program. She was paired with Tommy to complete their team training. As with all MSA EDC teams, Tommy and Maxine passed EDC certification with the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) and the Department of Justice National Odor Recognition Test (DOJ NORT).

Outside of work, Maxine enjoys playing frisbee, chasing tennis balls, and having fun with her handler and family. Her favorite time of day is mealtime, and she thoroughly enjoys any and all treats she gets. She also lives with another chocolate lab, Keltie, a member of Tommy’s family. The two keep each other entertained and get along wonderfully. Maxine has several more years left as a handler, after which she will retire and enjoy a life of canine luxury.


Stay tuned for more to come on MSA’s Explosive Detection Canine Teams over the next several weeks!

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