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U.S. Marshals deploy dogs to help with courthouse security

DENVER (AP) – Seven bomb-sniffing dogs – or “deputy dogs” – have been deployed outside federal courts across the country this year, nearly doubling to 16 the force of pooches used by the U.S. Marshals Service to protect judges and safeguard courts.

Michael Pyo, Washington-based chief inspector for the marshals’ tactical operations division, says that more bomb-sniffing dogs being deployed at courthouses isn’t in response to a specific incident or threat, but rather because of a rising number of high-risk prosecutions and keeping up with evolving threats.

In Colorado, the first of the bomb-sniffing dogs is at the federal courthouse in Denver.

Other U.S. marshal dogs are at federal courthouses in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.

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