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Safety on campus: Bomb-sniffing dogs arrive at Ohio universities

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This week, three Ohio universities will be receiving bomb-sniffing dogs as part of a pilot program, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

On Monday, Youngstown State University received detection dogs. Ohio State University received trained dogs on Tuesday, and today, more dogs will be presented to Bowling Green State University.

The State of Ohio is attempting to develop an organized security support network throughout the state. School safety plans are being considered from preschool to college level. Some universities, like Kent State University, already have a detection dog.

Across the state, the dogs - and their full-time handlers - will be trained to respond to threats. In addition to providing security at their assigned university, the dogs can also be called upon to help during other emergencies, such as a threat at a high school. The dogs can also assist with security sweeps at events attended by large crowds of people, such as concerts and sporting events.

The cost to buy and train each dog will be covered by Ohio Homeland Security using federal grant money. Cost per dog is $12,700. The police agency at the university is responsible for training and paying officers to handle the dogs.

Possibly more dogs will be placed at other universities in the state by the end of the year. Officials hope that eventually each state university in Ohio will have bomb detection dogs.

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