Three universities are receiving bomb-sniffing dogs through a pilot program Ohio officials eventually hope to expand throughout the state's universities.
The presentations this week are at Youngstown State, Ohio State and Bowling Green State University. Ohio's public safety director, John Born, says it's part of the governor's plans to strengthen school safety. Born says the dogs can respond to threats and conduct security sweeps for large-scale events. Federal grants cover the nearly $13,000 cost to buy each animal and pay for initial training and equipment. The universities provide the officers who become the dogs' full-time handlers.