CBP Canine Enforcement Program December 12, 2008
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Canine Enforcement Program is the largest and most diverse law enforcement canine program in the country. The CBP canine program continues to diversify canine detection capabilities needed to combat terrorism, interdict narcotics, and other contraband while helping to facilitate and process legitimate trade and
travel. Providing optimal defense at and between our borders, CBP has the largest number of working dog teams of any Federal Law Enforcement Agency. Canine teams are assigned to 73 ports of entry and 74 Border Patrol stations throughout the United States. CBP’s Canine Officers use specially trained detector dogs to combat terrorist threats as well as interdict contraband and concealed persons at our nation’s borders, land ports, seaports,
international airports, and international mail facilities. To meet these threats, the CBP canine program has developed training courses as well as trained and deployed canine teams in an array of specialized detection capabilities.
The CBP canine enforcement program is responsible for a significant proportion of concealed human detection and narcotic seizures made at ports of entry, checkpoints, and between official ports of entry. In FY 2005, canine teams at the port of entry seized
over 407,447 pounds of narcotics, over 20 million illegal drug units (various pills, capsules, or vials), and over $15.2 million in seized property, resulting in 3,138 arrests. At checkpoints and between the official ports of entry, canine teams made 3,809 seizures totaling over 504,290 pounds of narcotics. The canine enforcement program was also
responsible for detecting 50,468 concealed humans in fiscal year 2005. During FY 2005 the CBP canine enforcement program accounted for over 52,866 Quarantine Material Interceptions of plant products and 15,216 Quarantine Material Interceptions of animal
products with a combined weight of 66,096 pounds.
FACT SHEET from www.CBP.gov website