Chris Shelton has joined MSA Security as vice president air cargo as the New York firm looks to develop services for the industry.
He joins MSA following 17 years with the Transportation Security Administration’s federal air marshal service where he most recently served as the supervisory air marshal in charge of the TSA Canine Training Center, overseeing canine explosive detection at the Department of Homeland Security.
He was responsible for training, deploying and evaluating over 1,000 TSA and law enforcement-led canine teams for aviation, multimodal, maritime, mass transit and cargo environments.
Shelton was instrumental in the development of the Certified Cargo Security Program – Canine (CCSP-K9), the TSA programme regulating the use of third-party canines for explosive detection screening in regulated air cargo environments.
Glen Kucera, CEO of MSA Security says: “We are pleased to announce Mr. Shelton will be joining MSA’s team of aviation security experts, as we enhance our solutions to address the evolving threat spectrum. With the Certified Cargo Security Program – Canine (CCSP-K9) approaching its first benchmark year, Mr. Shelton will play a strategic role advancing our success within this regulated environment.”
Shelton says: “From early in my career as a canine handler and trainer for law enforcement, I have been passionate about the detection dog world. As I look to this new career chapter, I see a unique and exciting opportunity to enhance air cargo security by combining my experience with MSA’s stellar reputation and meticulous training standards.”