New OSU Police K-9 sniffing out dangers at Buckeye games

The Ohio State University Police Department added a new K-9 unit to help on game days.

This report is from out sister station, WCMH in Columbus, Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–Ohio State games will be a little safer with the help of a four-legged addition to the OSU Police Department.

OSU K-9 Unit Team Leader, Officer Brian Thompson, has been training a bomb K-9 named ‘Ena.’

Ena will help during OSU games when police are trying to secure a large area with thousands of fans.

“We want the games to be a safe and fun environment for people to enjoy and we want to do our best to protect them,” Thompson said.

Thompson said K-9’s are trained to smell what we can’t.

“We are utilizing the dog’s sense of smell to locate anything that’s hidden via backpack, trash can, buried under the ground in the planner. We use the the dog’s keen sense of smell,” Officer Thompson said.

Thompson said he has learned how to give commands in French, Ena’s native language. He said it helps that the general public doesn’t understand the commands and can’t cue the dogs themselves.  Ena’s first day on the job was September 11.

“This was a minor tribute I could give them while I’m doing my job,” Officer Brian Thompson said.

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