Newest members of many college police departments: Bomb dogs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — More colleges are getting bomb-sniffing dogs in a time of always-looming security threats.

Black Labradors named Figaro and Bella arrived in October at the University of Rhode Island and Worcester (WUH’-stur) Polytechnic Institute, respectively.

The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators says there has been an uptick in the past year in explosives-detecting dogs.

Authorities say colleges are often the very place bombers would strike to seek maximum carnage.

The openness of most campuses makes them hard to close off, and some colleges note their events are increasing in size.

And if a threat or bombing occurs, college police don’t want to have to wait for dogs to arrive from other departments and help do sweeps.