(Aurora, Colorado) - October 3, 2008 - Graebel Denver Movers, Inc. assisted the Federal Reserve Police this week in a training session for law enforcement police dogs by providing access to the company's 300,000 square foot warehouse facility and fleet of moving vans. The large space and numerous vehicles were ideal test sites for the dog's abilities to sniff out explosive materials.
The training session, which took place on October 1, included participation by members of the Jefferson County Police Department, the Federal Protection Service's Homeland Security Department and the Golden Police Department, as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Federal Reserve Police coordinated the training exercise.
"Graebel has been privileged to assist local and federal law enforcement agencies by providing training space in our secure, state-of-the-art warehouse facilities around the country," said Jeff Shellberg, Vice President of Operations for Graebel and General Manager of Graebel Denver Movers, Inc. "For this session, the Federal Reserve Police selected our facility at the suggestion of the Aurora Police Department because of its location and security system, and because it is the largest warehouse of its type in Colorado, offering ample space for a variety of test scenarios. "
The 10 year old warehouse is located on the 23 acre campus of Graebel Companies, Inc. in Aurora, Colorado. In addition to the challenge offered by its size, the warehouse was also ideal for training police dogs because of its large fleet of moving vans, each with an array of scents from a wide variety of cargo and human activity, an ideal challenge to the dogs' sensitive noses.
"Graebel is a natural choice to assist law enforcement because of our focus on security and safety," said Shellberg. "This includes not only our facility security, which provides a safe venue for training exercises, but also our security initiatives and interactions with other federal agencies. For example, in 2003 Graebel was one of the first household goods forwarding organizations to achieve Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification. This is a joint initiative between the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection and the private sector to help secure the supply chain through certifications and best practices. We take law enforcement and homeland security very seriously as an organization, and are always thrilled to help police or federal agencies in any way we can."
About Graebel Companies, Inc.
Graebel is a global relocation company that provides full relocation management services, domestic U.S. and international moving and storage services, international freight forwarding, move management and commercial workplace services. Integrated relocation divisions include Graebel Relocation Services Worldwide, Inc., Graebel Movers International, Inc., Graebel Commercial Services, Inc., Graebel Van Lines, Inc., Graebel Movers, Inc., and Move Management, Inc. The Graebel Companies, Inc. World Headquarters is located in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1950, Graebel is a privately-owned, wholly-owned relocation company with proprietary technology, processes and employs an extensively background checked and trained workforce.
The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security. C-TPAT recognizes that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the ultimate owners of the international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers. Through this initiative, CBP is asking businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate and verify the security guidelines of their business partners within the supply chain.
For more information about C-TPAT, please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Web site at http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/home.xml.