CVG @ Work: K-9 Police Unit

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is proud to have a K-9 unit that supports narcotics and explosive detection as part of the Airport Police Department.  

K-9 Unit Team at CVG Airport

CVG has two K-9 narcotic teams and five K-9 explosive detection teams (EDT).  EDT Team Photo:

  • Sgt. Tim Cline-Canine Supervisor (not pictured)
  • Officer Steve Bernard/Blizzy
  • Officer Matt Connors/Jack
  • Officer Ben Pugh/Brix
  • Officer Matt Mercer/Jet
  • Officer James Howard/Laura (not pictured)

Left to right, Summer 2020

K-9 Unit Responsibilities

K-9 Unit Credentials

Intensive & Ongoing Training

Beyond the initial training, K-9 officers are training around the clock to ensure they are ready to respond effectively at any moment. 

Each EDT team is continually assessed to ensure the canines demonstrate operational proficiency in their environment to include four key elements: the canine’s ability to recognize explosive's odors, the handler’s ability to interpret the canine’s change of behavior, the handler’s ability to conduct logical and systematic searches, and the team’s ability to locate the explosives odor source.

24/7/365 Commitment

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The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) has been serving commercial passengers since 1947. With more than 7,700 acres of land, four runways, a diversified base of operations on and near the campus, along with an economic impact of $6.8 Billion (2018), CVG is much more than meets the eye. This series, CVG @ Work, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the breadth of services offered by CVG Airport and its commitment to be a leader in our region.

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CVG @ Work