ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Earlier this month Louisiana State Police Emergency Services Southern Region had a new member join the fight against illegal activity involving hazardous materials and/or explosive devices.
Trooper "Jimmy" is a black lab and is approximately 18 months old. He was purchased by Tulane University in New Orleans and donated to the Louisiana State Police.
Jimmy received his rigorous training in North Carolina, which is where he was formally introduced to his partner/handler Senior Technician S. Paulus, a 17 year Trooper. Jimmy was trained to detect 14 different odors that are commonly used to illegally manufacture explosive devices which could potentially cause mass destruction.
Jimmy joins three other highly trained Emergency Services K9's strategically located throughout Louisiana.
The Emergency Services Unit will utilize Jimmy's expertise to patrol and sweep locations prior to and during special events held throughout Louisiana.