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Pack turns to dogs for game day security

Posted September 9, 2016 9:49 p.m. EDT
Updated September 9, 2016 11:12 p.m. EDT

— A new security measure at North Carolina State University has the Wolfpack literally turning to the dogs. K-9 units will work next weekend when State welcomes Old Dominion. They served at the Wolfpack's opened against William & Mary as well.

The goal is simple, to stop any potential terror threat among the 57,000-plus who gather for a game at Carter-Finley Stadium.

Jack Moorman, chief of police for the university, explained the difference between his dogs and most explosive-sniffing canines.

"It's a person-borne explosive detection program," he said. "The K-9s have the ability to detect the odor of explosives coming off of individuals and to trace that odor back to the source, and alert (officers to) the individual that odor is emanating from."

The K-9s will be patrol the stadium on game day and they'll be on hand at other NC State athletic or social events.

Moorman says most bomb sniffing dogs are trained to conduct searches but rarely do they trace the odor back to the source as the university's new K-9s will.

Wolfpack fans who talked to WRAL News welcome the added security, although most say they already feel safe.

"I definitely want to be more secure, but I can honestly say, I've never felt threatened at a game," said Wesley Wright.

State has also instituted a limit on the size of bags that fans can bring into the stadium.

The added and new security measures, Moorman says, are designed to prevent any type of threats during on campus events.

"Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our students and the safety of our spectators who come to our football games," he said.