Portland, Oregon – Today is his first day on the job in Portland and he’s not even two-years-old yet, and he just got back from three months of training in Texas. Portland Police want you to meet their brand new Transit K-9 Officer Sem. Sem is A TSA Explosive detection dog, and will be working to keep the Trimet system safe everyday with his handler Sergeant Matt Engen. They’ve been out and about today getting Sem used to the people, the buses, and the max train platforms.

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On Tuesday, May 14th, 2019, Sergeant Matt Engen and his new K9 partner “Sem” graduated from the Transportation Security Administration Explosive Detection Canine Handler Course. K9 Sem is a 20 month old purebred male Belgian Malinois. Sergeant Engen is a 24 year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau and has been assigned to the Transit Division for nearly 9 years.

Sergeant Engen and K9 Sem trained together for 12 weeks at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA)- Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. K9 Sem is trained to detect and alert on explosives odor. Upon graduation, Sergeant Engen was awarded the “Top Dog” handler award for his outstanding achievement while attending the course.

Sergeant Engen and K9 Sem will work daily to ensure the safety of the Trimet mass transportation system. Along with proactively patrolling the area’s buses and trains, they will be available to respond to special events and dignitary visits.

K9 Sem will live with Sergeant Engen.

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