Two Los Angeles Airport Police canine handlers have graduated from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program.

Canine officers Juan Alba and Thomas Pendola attended the basic course in canine bomb detection training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas ‘ considered one of the world’s top canine training centers.

Alba and Pendola were taught the skills of canine bomb detection, safe handling of explosives and searches of various facilities and items.

Bomb detection dogs are used to search areas in response to bomb threats at airports, on aircraft, in luggage, in cargo and vehicles, as well as serving as a deterrent to would-be terrorists.

Los Angeles Airport Police, combined with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), maintains the largest TSA canine explosive detection program in an aviation environment, airport officials said.

Los Angeles Airport Police division is the fourth largest law enforcement agency in Los Angeles County, with more than 1,100 law enforcement, security and staff personnel.