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K-9 teams patrol Phoenix transit systemK-9 teams patrol Phoenix transit system<div class="ExternalClass0BB9FCEB1E764BC484DF6EEAC07F649A"><p>For several months, light rail and bus riders may have noticed Phoenix Police officers with their K-9 partners in and around transit facilities and vehicles. The Transit Enforcement Unit (TEU) K-9 teams have concluded their training and are now on full-time duty along Phoenix's transit system, as well as at large events throughout the Valley.</p><p>The detection canine program is a partnership between Phoenix Public Transit and Police Departments, Valley Metro, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The dogs went through the TSA training program in San Antonio, Texas before they and their handlers came home to Phoenix. ​</p><p>Recently local media were introduced to two of the teams at Central Station for a demonstration on how these officers and their K-9 partners work to make our transit system safer. On hand for the demo event was Officer Mark O'Connell and 'Gata,' and Officer Joe Congero and 'Baron.'</p></div>6/24/2016 7:00:00 AM