This training contains recommendations about what records to request and areas of cross examination. Contains a transcript of an interview of a dog handler.
K-9 trainer and detection team certification program that is a joint project of the International Forensic Science Research Institute, the National Forensic Science Technology Center, the Florida Highway Patrol Contraband Interdiction Program and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Website contains certification requirements for dogs and handlers.
Guidelines for detector dog training, procedures, and care. Failure of a dog/handler team to implement these national-level guidelines may be a source of cross examination.
A partnership of local, state, federal and international agencies working to establish best practices for use of detection dogs. Funded by the National Institute of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Transportation Security Administration. See the Approved Guidelines section of the website for training requirements.
The Dogs and Sensors Subcommittee of OSAC focuses on standards and guidelines related to performance of deployed dog/handler teams and optimization of their combination with electronic detection devices.
Practice Tips Items to request in discovery: All documents relating to the canine searches conducted in the case, including but not limited to police reports, case reports, notes, photographs, and videos All documents relating to the training and certification of the dog/handler team, including but not limited to current resumes, maintenance training records, veterinary records, …