A Profile in Homeland Security: Criminalistics Inc.

Business is good for maker of bomb disposal trailer, other specialty security devices

It can also let the dogs out with a remote transmitter in case an officer is being attacked and needs help. The Hot Dog system is produced in Criminalistics' Miami office, which is run by Worsham's daughter, Jan.

In 1974, Worsham took early retirement to turn Criminalistics into a full time business. About six years ago, Worsham and his wife, Ellie, (who is originally from Seattle) relocated to Morton.

"I guess what kind of caught my attention was the scenery; the Tilton River, the hills,'' said Worsham.

The company advertises through the U.S. Police K-9 Association magazine, along with magazines that go to military and law enforcement agencies around the country. When terrorists blew up trains in Spain earlier this year, Criminalistics went through the U.S. Department of Commerce to make the Spanish government aware of its products (though no order has resulted).

Criminalistics has only six U.S. competitors in making bomb trailers -- "only three are serious'' -- and two or three in dog systems.

The business has had occasional bumps. Four years ago, Worsham received a letter from the U.S. State Department saying any foreign orders should go through it.

"I sent them a letter back,'' said Worsham. ``I said it was for improvised jobs, not military jobs. They disagreed with me pretty violently. I walked in one morning and had two customs agents waiting for me. They said you will comply and go through the State Department.''

The future looks bright for Criminalistics, which is looking to add welders.

"Right now we are on a growth pattern,'' said Worsham. "We've been approached four to six times about being purchased.''