Bomb-Sniffing Dog Joins Security Force at Independence Mall

Philadelphia Business Journal reports:

Philadelphia’s historic district has added a K-9 “ranger” as part of the security team.

The German shepherd is trained in detecting explosives and will be used in screening and security at sites on Independence Mall.

It’s the first K-9 security dog to be in full-time service at Independence National Historical Park. In the past, when dogs were needed for festivals or events, they were part of K-9 units from the Philadelphia Police Department, the U.S. Park Police or Federal Protective Services.

The district includes 54 acres, including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Congress Hall and Franklin Court.