Department of Athletics helps bolster OSU Police canine force

COLUMBUS, Ohio The newest Buckeye has arrived on campus just in time for “Scarlet and Gray Days” and the football spring game. Andor, a 19-month old Dutch-Sheppard, is the latest addition to the Ohio State University Police Division canine force. He and his half-brother, Duran, form an explosives detection team that will safeguard the OSU campus on a daily basis.

The Ohio State Department of Athletics made it possible for Andor to join Duran, doubling the canine force for day-to-day patrol service on campus. Andor’s arrival also provides an explosives detection resource that, when called upon, can respond to incidents throughout central Ohio.

The department of athletics, in partnership with OSU Public Safety, contributed $50,000 for the purchase and training of Andor. The donation also purchased Andor’s police canine equipment and a new specially-outfitted vehicle for OSU police.

Andor and Duran will be utilized during highly visible and heavily populated University events, like a football Saturday when more than 100,000 people pour into Ohio Stadium each game.

The annual football spring game, to be played April 19 in Ohio Stadium, has attracted between 60-75,000 fans the last two seasons. This year, the spring game is part of Ohio State’s “Scarlet and Gray Days” promotion. The event runs April 18-20 and aims to set attendance records in baseball, men’s lacrosse, spring football and softball.

Tuesday, OSU officers Bryan Thompson and Tim Cooper conducted mock bomb sweeps of Ohio Stadium for local media. Cooper led Andor through the stadium parking lot, into the stadium and press box, simulating what typically takes place with multiple police dogs several hours before gates open to the public on game days. Following their explosive detection duties, Andor and Duran are deployed for game security activities.

The Department of Athletics helped purchase two new University Police vehicles. View a photo album of the mock bomb sweeps at the link above.