Volunteers Needed: TSA-ATL Canine (K9) Training Program
Thank you for those officers who have volunteered to serve as decoys for the K9 Training Program! Atlanta’s Transportation Security Administration Unit (ATL-TSA) is still in need of volunteer decoys to assist with their ATL Passenger Screening Canine (K9) training program. Below are the volunteer dates for April and May 2019
TSA K9 Volunteer Decoy New Dates April 2019
The TSA constantly evaluates screening procedures in order to stay ahead of evolving threats. One of the TSA’s many layers of security is the Passenger Screening Canine (K9). In order to ensure their K9s are always ready for real time threats, the TSA constantly trains and tests the K9s’ abilities. The TSA utilizes decoys to ensure they create scenarios that will most resemble an everyday traveling environment. Volunteer decoys will serve as mock traveling passengers.
The Decoy Training Program is conducted inside the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport located at6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30320. Participants should park on the Lower level of the North (Blue) terminal across from the parking deck (Please note the attached pictures). Participants should not enter the actual parking deck. Park along the curb in the area where the TSA has marked the green circle in the photo. TSA-ATL is aware the posted signage in the designated parking area reads “No Parking or Stopping at any time.” To prevent towing, the participants will be required to provide the following information to Brandi Sangueza (Brandi.Sangueza@tsa.dhs.gov ) in support of parking in this area.
The attached guide provides details regarding where the participants should plan to meet the onsite POC as well as the POC’s respective contact information.
Participants will receive a letter of appreciation from the TSA for their service. ACOA members will receive a letter of appreciation from both ACOA and TSA.
In order to participate in this activity, officers will need to review the TSA Decoy Training Assistance Guide in its entirety, as well as sign and return the enclosed TSA Trainer Decoy Waiver. Please also pay close attention to the dress code requirements. In addition, please ensure that you receive supervisor approval if you desire to participate during duty hours.
Decoys will be needed for the following dates/times below. No more than 2 persons can be accommodated per shift. Decoys are needed on an on-going basis, however, the TSA places the request for decoys in two week intervals. The TSA would like volunteers to dedicate at least 2 hours to the training.
If you are interested in participating, please provide your date and time of interest along with your name, rank, category, employee ID, contact number and vehicle information, as well as the ACOA Trainer Decoy Waiver to LCDR Katrina Sloan (email@example.com) and Brandi Sangueza ( Brandi.Sangueza@tsa.dhs.gov ). They will then forward your name to the TSA contact who will reach out to you with further details.
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