K9 NARCOTIC TEAM CERTIFICATION
A canine team must consist of a commissioned law enforcement officer, working a canine for a law enforcement agency, with the responsibilities and duties of locating narcotics.
A private security firm with the responsibilities and duties of locating narcotics that is in possession of a current DEA license. A copy of the current DEA license must be presented each time a team is to certify. The certification is not valid unless a current DEA license is on file with the State that they operate in.
A commissioned part time or reserve officer with responsibilities and duties of locating narcotics for their department with a written letter of endorsement by the head administrator. An updated letter roust be presented each time the team certify. The certification is not valid unless a current letter is on file with the State that they operate in.
A member of the Armed Forces, HLS, or D0J with the responsibilities and duties of locating narcotics for their department with a written letter of endorsement by the head administrator. An updated letter must be presented each time the team certifies. The certification is-not valid -unless a current letter is on file with the State that they operate in.
This test will determine the proficiency and reliability of a canine team in the detection of narcotics. No canine team will be evaluated to be dual certified in narcotics or explosives. The handler must be at least eighteen (18) years of age to certify a K-9.
TYPES OF NARCOTICS TO BE USED FOR CERIFICATION
This addendum certification is only to be used for states that have legalized marijuana and/or hemp.
The basic narcotic odors that can be tested in are cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana and are not to exceed five different narcotic odors.
QUANITIY OF NARCOTICS TO BE USED FOR CERTIFICATION
Cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine minimum amount to be used will be (1) gram with a maximum of (28) grams for each stash (hide).
Marijuana minimum amount to be used will be (1) gram with a maximum of (28) grams for each stash (hide).
All odors certifying in will be hidden in all areas tested. Conflicting odors may be placed in these areas by evaluator as well.
K9 ALERTS AND TIME
Each handler is responsible for notifying the judges of the type of alert (aggressive or passive), the judges can expect. Handler must notify evaluator of alert (call alert).
There will be only one (1) negative response allowed. The handler will be notified of positive or negative response.
There will be (3) minutes for each drug area searched. This based time line can be changed by the evaluator and is at his/her discretion. Once the allotted time has passed your search is terminated.
K9 TEAM SEARCH AREAS
VEHICLES (mandatory) with a minimum of (6) vehicles. Inside and outside on a vehicle counts as (1) stash (hide).
BUILDING (mandatory) search area. (2) stashes (hide) may be placed in (1) room. Minimum of (1) blank (cold) room. Number of rooms fir testing will be based on size of building and rooms.
LUGGAGE/BOXES a minimum of 10 pieces shall be used for testing.
OPTIONAL AREAS may be used based on environment or request of agency/K9 team requirements.
NON-NARCOTIC CONTAMINATED REWARDS ONLY! The” reward toy/gifty” or object used to reward canine during testing shall not be contaminated by narcotic odor or residue. An example of a contaminated reward might be a ball or towel scented with marijuana, cocaine, heroin or any other narcotic.
FAILURES AND CERTIFING RULINGS
There shall be a thirty day waiting period before testing again unless circumstances at the time of testing have been determined by the evaluator to warrant another attempt. No use of electronic collars or correction type collars shall be used during testing. Handler must maintain verbal or physical control of canine at all times.
All rulings by evaluator are final. Certification is for the tested canine team only and is valid for one year from date of issuance.