ICTS UK explosive search dogs at the Tower of London, as thousands visit to see the poppies

24 November 2014

ICTS UK’s Canine Security Services worked alongside the Police and Military in securing the Tower of London and surrounding area during the lead up to, and on Armistice (Remembrance) Day on 11 November 2014. The display of ceramic poppies ‘planted’ at the Tower to mark the centenary of the start of WW1 attracted thousands of visitors, calling for a heightened level of security.

“ICTS explosive search dogs and their handlers were present daily at the Tower since the end of October through to Armistice Day. It has been an honour to serve at the Tower and be a part of this spectacular and poignant event. Our team of specialist handlers and their explosive search dogs offered a discreet added layer of security, making it a safe and memorable occasion for so many.

There have also been many official engagements, for which ICTS has provided canine security services. These started in the summer and included visits by the Royal Family and politicians etc.” said Jed Marshall, Head of Canine Security Services, ICTS UK.

A total of 888,246 hand-made ceramic poppies, each representing a British and Commonwealth soldier who died during WW1, have been ‘planted’ around the Tower of London’s moat, between 17 July and 11 November 2014. It is thought that about 5 million people have visited the Tower during that time.

ICTS UK has been providing canine security services to the Tower of London since 2011.