The Department of Public Safety recently adopted a new worker — a two-year-old black Labrador retriever named Kash.
Kash completed his training this summer and is now certified in explosive detection, DPS spokesman Randy Young said.
Kash is the fourth dog to ever be part of the DPS K-9 unit, and he is one of two dogs in the unit. He joined the unit after the retirement of another K-9, Buddy.
“Buddy was the darling of the campus, but we’ve retired him,” Young said.
In the past, the DPS K-9s have checked Kenan Memorial Stadium and the Dean Smith Center for threats before games, in addition to regular patrols.
Kash was trained for six weeks, a total of 275 hours.
University police officer Matt Dodson, Kash’s handler, trained with him at the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
Kash is trained to detect explosives over a range of terrains, including fields, vehicles and outside and inside buildings.
Dodson will lead Kash to the area that needs to be inspected, let him off the leash and say, “Go find it.” When Kash detects the scent of an explosive, he puts his nose on it, stops and looks directly at Dodson.