Starting this week, specially trained canines who can detect firearms will patrol the shopping center with security officers.
The canines are part of a program called Vapor Wake Public Safety Canine Detection (VWK9).
John Pearce, the VP of VW K9, says dogs are trained on the scents of gun powders and oils to sniff out weapons.
“It’s non-intrusive, the dog’s never going to touch you, basically walk behind you and sample the plume of air that’s coming off your body as you walk forward,” said Pearce.
“For over four decades, Beachwood Place has been a market staple for shopping, dining and spending time with family and friends. We welcome millions of guests a year and provide for thousands of retail associate jobs within the shopping center. We strive to maintain a safe, peaceful and inclusive environment and require our guests to follow our posted Code of Conduct. Firearms are prohibited within Beachwood Place. The launch of the VWK9 program allows trained security professionals to identify anyone not in compliance,” said General Manager of Beachwood Place Heidi Yanok.
“We support this innovative detection approach and will continue supporting Beachwood Place’s safety needs to ensure a safe, family-friendly shopping environment,” said Beachwood Police Chief Kelly Stillman.
Pearce added, “It’s definitely a part of the security element. it’s not the whole picture but it’s part of it to help protect us.”