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Alex is a Labrador Retriever that has joined the ranks of the Ohio University Police Department. He is the first K-9 at OUPD, is trained to detect explosives, and will be available should the need for a bomb detection dog arise throughout the region.

Alex is a Labrador Retriever that has joined the ranks of the Ohio University Police Department. He is the first K-9 at OUPD, is trained to detect explosives, and will be available should the need for a bomb detection dog arise throughout the region.

Photo courtesy of: Ohio University Police Department

OUPD Officer Tim Woodyard will be Alex's handler.

OUPD Officer Tim Woodyard will be Alex's handler.

Photo courtesy of: Ohio University Police Department

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OUPD receives funding for K-9

Dog will be first in region trained to sniff out explosives


The Ohio University Police Department will soon have its first K-9 that’s trained to detect explosives, and will be available should the need for a bomb detection dog arise throughout the region. Not only will the dog work home football games, events, and programs at the University, but also will benefit the greater community by being the only bomb detecting dog in the region.  

“We appreciate Ohio Homeland Security and our region's Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program Committee making the funds available to assist us in procuring an explosive detection canine,” said OUPD Chief Andrew Powers. “The program will allow us to enhance the safety of planned events both at the University and regionally. I'd also like to thank the Columbus Division of Fire's Bomb Squad for their partnership in training and deploying this asset.”

OUPD Officer Tim Woodyard, a 14 year veteran of the department, will serve as the dog’s handler and accompany Alex, a rescue Labrador retriever mix. Woodyard and Alex will start their official duties following a 10 week intensive training program by the Columbus Fire Department’s Bomb Squad K9 Unit, which is currently underway.

“It is like being back in the Police Academy — it is intense training and we are constantly being evaluated,” Woodyard said.

Funding for Alex and subsequent training was made available through a grant from Ohio Homeland Security’s Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.