HPD Selected for RNC Security

The Republican National Convention's last night is tonight — and that means a big night for one of the Houston police department's K-9 units. As Laurie Johnson reports, the HPD explosive detection canine details was asked to help provide security at the convention.
The request came from the Department of Homeland Security for HPD to support their operations in Minneapolis. HPD sent four canine teams, more than any other city that was asked to participate.

The Explosive Detection Canine units usually serve at Bush Intercontinental Airport. But this week, they're sweeping rooms, checking bags and providing dignitary support.

Sergent Tony Paonessa heads up the canine detail. He says they've also been able to do training with other agencies.

"There's teams from all over the country here. Secret Service, of course, is providing quite a bit of their teams and their resources. And of course the military and local resources. And it's a really good opportunity for Houston to meet with those folks and share ideas."

Paonessa says they train daily for these types of events, and their expertise in providing security for high profile dignitaries and events is well known.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.
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Laurie Johnson

Local Host, All Things Considered

Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...