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Max on MAX: New aptly named K-9 to patrol TriMet system

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The newest K-9 on TriMet's Transit Police division comes aptly named for his new beat.

Max, a 2-year-old Labrador mix, will be patrolling the MAX light rail, as well as the rest of the TriMet system.

Max comes through the TSA's National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program. He received federal certification in late February and has been getting his nose wet sweeping trains, buses and TriMet facilities.

The TSA partners with airports and mass transit systems to provide dogs that can sniff out explosive materials, with the goal of not only protecting riders and employees, but also deterring terrorists from targeting public transit.

Max is partnered with Transit Police Sgt. Jim Simms.

"At two years old, he really is still a puppy but he's adjusting well to his job," Simms said. "He has a lot of energy and a great work ethic."

TSA covers the cost of a K-9, its training and training for the officer who handles the dog. Currently that's about $50,000 per team.

Max takes over for the recently retired Rexo. Rexo served seven years on the Canine Explosive Detection Unit.

Max, who already had that name before being assigned to TriMet, and Rexo both live with Sgt. Simms.

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