Securitas UK has officially achieved Free-Running Explosive Detection Dogs (FREDDs) certification – the European Union (EU) standard for the use of dogs in aviation cargo security regimes. Attained in conjunction with the Department for Transport, this groundbreaking achievement means that Securitas UK now provides the highest level of explosives detection capability using canines.
This is the first time central Government has certified the private security industry to provide specialist free-running explosive detection dogs. It’s a significant step forward not only for Securitas UK and its myriad end user customers, but also the UK’s security business sector as a whole.
Meeting exacting EU and Department for Transport standards, the challenging certification process put the dogs and their handlers through their paces, testing them across a suite of explosive samples in an operational environment.
Ever-present terrorist threats render such capabilities an essential arm of the security provider’s portfolio. It’s also worth bearing in mind that aviation is the only sector that requires regulation of private security dogs.
Shaun Kennedy, director of specialised protective services at Securitas UK, explained: “Our team demonstrated exceptional levels of dedication and commitment in gaining this certification. It’s a real game-changer, not only for our customers, but the aviation industry in general. Our focus is always on investment in the highest levels of training in order to raise standards and provide our customers with the very best protection solution.”