By Mr. George Markfelder (JFHQNCR/MDW)November 18, 2010
More than 40 police chiefs and other law enforcement leaders from the national capital region attended the third annual Law Enforcement Luncheon at Fort McNair, hosted by Maj. Gen. Karl Horst, commander of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District Washington, (JFHQ NCR/MDW) Nov. 18, 2010.
Horst opened the luncheon by thanking those agencies who generously offered extra security assistance during the Army Ten-Miler and Marine Corps Marathon. He added that leadership meetings such as this luncheon play a key part in the continued interoperability between his commandAca,!a,,cs support capabilities and area law enforcement agencies.
In addition to discussions on issues facing NCR law enforcement, a briefing was provided by David Reiter, the K-9 manager for the MDW Provost Marshal Office.
Reiter oversees a large K-9 program that includes the Urban Search and Rescue dog pilot program, which is meant to supplement the search and rescue capabilities of the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company out of Fort Belvoir, Va.
Finding injured survivors under mounds of rubble or in hard-to-reach spaces is a challenge in tactical rescue, so adding the human scent-detection ability that canines provide may help find victims more quickly and as a result, save lives.
The 911th is a technical rescue unit that can respond to natural disasters or potential terrorist attacks on the nation's capital. According to Reiter, the pilot program began this April and will extend through April 2012.