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The New York City Police Department recently deployed new technology to the Canine unit to help prevent terrorist attacks – and keep Big Apple’s subway system safe.

The technology is called TREDD, which means “Transit Enhanced Detection Dog”.

This takes the idea of ​​a bomb-sniffing dog to a whole new level.

TREDD is an advanced explosive detection system. It connects dogs trained to detect explosives with special harnesses equipped with electronics.

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Sensors in harnesses enable dogs to detect radiation and other biological or chemical elements that cannot be detected by a dog’s nose.

The concept was developed by Lt. John Pappas, commander of the K9, a transit bureau based in Queens. Through intelligence, he noticed that terrorist organizations were looking for ways to bypass the city’s anti-terrorism security measures.

NYPD's K9 unit is using new technology that detects radiation and other biological or chemical elements, Fox News reported.

NYPD’s K9 unit is using new technology that detects radiation and other biological or chemical elements, Fox News reported.
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“… What I found in the intelligence … is that Al Qaeda, ISIS and many other international terrorist organizations are deliberately creating gaps in our ability to detect dogs,” he told Fox News.

“It simply came to our notice then.

“They started making unconventional explosive devices, things they knew – because they study us – that these dogs can’t detect. Common explosives like TNT and C-4 and dynamite, they know that these dogs can detect. They parted ways. “

Sensors on the dog’s harness send readings to the mobile command post in real time.

Using the funds raised from the grant, Lt. Dad and NYPD worked with BlueForce Development Corporation, a private technology company in Massachusetts, to make his idea a reality.

NYPD members are able to track readings coming from dog harnesses - and respond in real time.

NYPD members are able to track readings from dog harnesses – and respond in real time.
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Once the harness is built, NYPD teamed up with FDNY to create a training program to determine what sensors can detect – and how to understand readings.

The sensors on the harness send readings to the mobile command post in real time. NYPD members are then able to track readings and respond in real time by giving the commander eyes and ears on the ground.

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“I can stay in one place. I can track them everywhere,” said NYPD official Edwin Ramirez, one of the coaches.

“So if we have a team from Brooklyn or a team sent to Manhattan, I can pull them up and see where they are at once – without being on the scene – and get all the reading and information from them.”

Lieutenant Pappas said he used TREDD dogs during the April 12 Brooklyn subway shooting.

A dog from the K9 unit of the New York City Police Department is at work - and equipped with a state-of-the-art new harness - in the subway system.

A dog from the K9 unit of the New York City Police Department is at work – and equipped with a state-of-the-art new harness – in the subway system.
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“We had these pieces stationed there and I knew where they were. I knew exactly what they were looking for,” said Lt. Dad. “And I’ll rotate my pieces to make sure I’ve covered all the areas that need to be swept.”

The NYPD is the only police department in the world with the technology, Fox News reported earlier this week.

The first edition was launched in 2015 during a visit by the United Nations General Assembly and the Pope.

Since then, NYPD has continued to update the system as it collects new Intel.

“We had time to upgrade our equipment, adjust it, and finalize this version.”

Lieutenant Pappas said the NYPD used their time productively during the Kovid lockdown.

“During the epidemic, when everyone was locked down, there was finally an opportunity to improve and upgrade technology,” Dad said.

The NYPD K9 team on patrol is shown entering New York City's subway.

The NYPD K9 team on patrol is shown entering New York City’s subway.
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“And we took advantage of the lockdown to do that.”

“I can honestly say that our team, the NYPD K9 program, came out of the lockdown stronger than we did because we had time for training.”

“We had time to upgrade our equipment, it was well tuned and this version of it was finalized to keep it there.”

While the NYPD created TREDD, they have displayed it for the Pentagon and shared information with other partners – but no one else has TREDD dogs.

Lt. Pappas said, “It’s not good to stockpile when there’s such a threat against all of us. It’s not just a threat to New York City.”

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“Again, this is an example of how the NYPD goes out of its way to protect its citizens – and at the same time, by sharing information to the citizens of the world in this way,” he said.