Cargo Screening K9 Alliance (CSK9) has announced it has been authorized by TSA as a third party K9-Cargo (3PK9-C) evaluator to certify canine teams to TSA standards, the company said.
CSK9 participated in a certification process at its dedicated 3PK9-C testing facility located on CSK9´s 320-acre Canine Academy, in Anniston, Alabama. This facility, with its training and management staff, is one of four hubs that will be used to support CSK9 cargo screening operations across the nation.
CSK9 said another 12 EDCTs are already in training and scheduled to undergo 3PK9-C certification in the coming weeks. These teams will begin screening operations at their designated worksites soon after CSK9 becomes an approved Certified Cargo Screening Facility — Canine (CCSF-K9) regulated entity.
TSA established the 3PK9-C and Certified Cargo Security Program – Canine (CSSP-K9) to provide an efficient and effective method for screening air cargo to TSA standards. Under this program, 3PK9-C certified private sector canine teams can be deployed to screen air cargo for aircraft operators, foreign air carriers, and other TSA-regulated entities operating under a TSA-approved or accepted security program.