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American Detection Technologies Announces Hiring Of Charles Smith as Vice President for Pacific Operations in Hawaii.

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 27, 2003

American Detection Technologies, Inc. (AMDETECH), a national leader in contraband detection services using highly-trained canine teams, today announced that it has named Charles P. Smith as AMDETECH's Vice President for Pacific Operations in charge of operations for AMDETECH's new partner, Spectrum Security Services, Ltd. of Honolulu, Hawaii. Smith has over 27 years of experience in law enforcement, security, counter-terrorism, and canine training.

AMDETECH recently announced an agreement to manage and operate Spectrum's security guard and passenger screening business throughout the Hawaiian Islands, which Smith will now oversee. Additionally, AMDETECH is making an equity investment into Spectrum and will hold two seats on Spectrum's Board of Directors. Spectrum will function as a subsidiary coming under the AMDETECH umbrella of companies.

Under the terms of the agreement, AMDETECH's Smith will work with Spectrum to oversee the day-to-day operations and business affairs of Spectrum, including the supervision and monitoring of customer accounts and personnel, administrative services, hiring of additional personnel, facilities maintenance, the purchase of goods and services, and billing, collections and accounting activities.

"We are delighted to announce the hiring of Chuck Smith to launch our new alliance with Spectrum in Hawaii," said Ronald H. Allen, Chief Executive Officer of AMDETECH. "Chuck possesses both the leadership skills and impressive credentials to make our organization the dominant contraband detection and maritime security service in the Hawaiian Islands."

Smith joins AMDETECH after working at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. for the past four years, where he worked for security companies that managed the museum's security and anti-terrorism programs. Before that, he also worked as an Assistant Explosives Canine Trainer for the Department of the Treasury's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). From 1976 to 1997, Smith was employed at the Massachusetts Department of Correction North Central Correctional Institution, retiring as a Lieutenant. He also worked with the Rutland, Mass., police department, and was in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Smith has handled, trained, supervised, managed, evaluated, administered, and consulted on canine detection throughout his career. He has attended numerous national and international courses in police canine and detector dog training in patrol, explosives, narcotics and mine detection.

He has completed courses in bomb threat management, biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction, hazardous waste operations and emergency response, basic defensive tactics, access control and mail screening operations, safety and fundamental incident management and advanced X-Ray image interpretation from numerous agencies, including the Massachusetts Criminal Training Council (CTC), the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA), the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA), and various federal, state and private sponsoring agencies. He is a nationally certified USPCA instructor of police canines as a Level 1 and Trial Judge, a Virginia DCJS certified instructor of security canines, a certified National Rifle Association (NRA) firearms instructor, and currently holds a Special Police Commission in Washington, D.C.

Smith volunteered as a supervisor for explosives detector dog teams at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, was president of the USPCA region serving Connecticut, Central and Western Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire in 1989 and 1990, and Canine Training Coordinator for the 1986 NAPWDA national training seminar. He has written various publications, including "Operational Factors - Extending the Endurance of Working Canines," "World Mine Detection Dog Conference" in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1999, and "Training K-9 Patrol Dogs - Scent Work" in Police Magazine in 1992. He also has written and compiled lesson plans entitled, "Training Standards for Security Canines and Handler" for the Virginia DCJS in 1998, "Training Standards: Canines in Tactical, Patrol & Narcotics Application" for the Massachusetts CTC in 1992, and "Training Standards: Basic Police Canine Patrol Dog Training Academy" for the Massachusetts CTC in 1986.

Spectrum Security, LTD has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Waldron Steamship Company, a 100-year-old shipping agency icon that is the largest and oldest established agency in Hawaii, serving all Hawaiian Islands and ports. Waldron provides services including freight handling, brokerage, crew handling, and marine consulting, as well as providing local knowledge to its clients, from its offices in the Waldron Control Tower in Honolulu Harbor's Pier 1.

AMDETECH already has an office in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to serve the ports of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Canaveral, Tampa, Palm Beach, Manatee, and Jacksonville. Other cities serviced by AMDETECH include Boston, New York, Seattle, Honolulu, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Quebec City. In addition to port facilities and cruise ships, AMDETECH offers services for government buildings, celebrities, universities, schools, and medical facilities. The Honolulu location is AMDETECH's fifth office, joining existing sites in New York City, Palm Beach Gardens, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

AMDETECH's premier detection services, which will be offered in Hawaii, include explosive detector dog teams, narcotic detector dog teams, hand-held ION scanner searches, narcotic substance and residue testing, port security surveys, and threat assessments. AMDETECH also provides an internet-based system, including wireless capabilities, to track its dogs, handlers and jobs, as well as provide real-time video transmissions to a central monitoring station.

Allen said the AMDETECH's primary team members and trainers have a total of more than 100 years of dog training experience in explosive & narcotic detection and police patrol & tracking. Team members have been trained by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Drug Enforcement, U.S. Customs Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the U.S. Dept. of Transportation. AMDETECH also has a strategic partnership with Southern Hills Kennels, Inc. of Daytona Beach, Florida to provide dog training, kenneling facilities and additional personnel for AMDETECH's complete narcotic and explosive detection services.


American Detection Technologies, Inc. (AMDETECH), with offices in New York City, Florida, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Hawaii, provides the premier detection service available today. AMDETECH's highly qualified canines are "Bred to Detect and Protect" through rigorous training, and then only the top performers are selected to work for the company. AMDETECH's services include explosive detector dog teams, narcotic detector dog teams, hand-held ION scanner searches, narcotic substance and residue testing, port security surveys, and threat assessments. Types of customers include government buildings, cruise ships, port facilities, celebrities, universities, schools, and medical facilities. AMDETECH's handlers have exemplary backgrounds, including federally regulated training programs, as well as AMDETECH's own strict training regimens. AMDETECH's dogs meet or exceed certification standards of the United States Police Canine Association (U.S.P.C.A.) the National Police Canine Association (N.P.C.A.), and regarding explosive detector dogs, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). AMDETECH President Ronald H. Allen has more than 29 years experience as a police officer, during which time he has completed numerous police dog training seminars hosted by various sponsoring agencies nationwide, including the Narcotic Detector Dog Trainer Program sponsored by the U.S. Customs Detector Dog Training Center in Virginia. Allen was formerly National Vice President of the United States Police Canine Association; Director of K-9 Training for the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council; a member of the Task Force responsible for the first statewide K-9 certification program in the U.S.; a member of the K-9 Training minimum standards Task Forces for New York and Florida; a K-9 Judge, Witness, Evaluator, Consultant, Program Developer, Trainer and Handler at various police departments in Massachusetts, Florida and Louisiana; and was the first American police officer to teach detector dog training in Russia in 1994. AMDETECH is an Associate Member of the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) and a member of the National Cargo Security Council (NCSC). For more information, please visit the company's website at

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