Her name is ‘Cassie.' And she is one of the newest graduates of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives specialty training. Right now, there are 32 ATF-trained explosives detection canine teams with ATF handlers. Cassie and her handler, Special Agent Brooks Jacobsen, showed us how the Yellow Lab goes to work! These explosive-sniffing dogs are key to law enforcement around the country. They are on the front lines of fighting bomb threats and terrorism. During her training—Cassie learned how to identify and alert her handler on the "odor" of explosives.
So back to Cassie and her close-up. … Special Agent Jacobsen showed us how the 61 pound Yellow Lab follows his instruction to search for explosives in our studio. We followed along with our camera, from the vertical monitors to the back of the studio. Before the show started, we had planted residue of detonated explosives and shell casings—Cassie sniffed them—and then "sat.' That is her way of saying ‘It's here.' And soon-- her reward of food followed. Labs make excellent bomb-sniffing dogs because they love to eat! And this is a "food reward skill." So, after locating residue on the upper deck of the studio – it was on to the anchor desk! My partner—Jeff Michael – was a great sport. We planted ‘evidence' on his chair – so now he and ‘Cassie' are new best friends!
When Cassie is not sniffing out bombs and guns she enjoys her family. She lives with the Jacobsen Family—and they love her! Oh, and Special Agent Jacobsen says Cassie loves to swim in the ocean too. She's a well-rounded talent.