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Police Service Selection and Certification Articles

Written by
Ed Frawley
A K9 Handler Selection Process

The following is a sample of a selection process to pick a new K9 handler for a city police force. This is a pretty good starting point for any city or town that is adding a new K9 handler to their police force. -Ed Frawley

Written by
Kevin Sheldahl
Police Dog Examination

Police Service Dog certification examinations should be administered only after both Dog and Handler have completed a course of training which is designed for the specific examination to be administered. Afterwards, to maintain certification, the Dog should be re-examined on an annual basis. This is to assure performance quality-control over the career of the Dog.

Written by
Kevin Sheldahl
Selection Testing for Police Service Dog

One of the greatest challenges in functioning as a police service dog instructor for my agency as well as a variety of others is the search for quality police service dog candidates among the numerous animals offered for sale both in the US and abroad. I am continually asked what it is I see and look for in a potential PSD.

Compiled by
Kevin Sheldahl
Police K9 Certification

If you are a police k-9 officer who is preparing for an upcoming certification, I strongly recommend that you contact that organization to verify that you have a current copy of the certification program. The purpose for this section is to provide new police canine units with as much information as possible concerning certification procedures.

Patrol Dog Evaluation

The skills favorable for the successful deployment of a Patrol Dog are recognized within three categories. These categories are obedience, scent work, and apprehension (including search exercises). The qualification in the area of scent work is considered optional but desirable. The training of the Patrol Dog team is the responsibility of the designated instructor. Maintenance and deployment are the responsibilities of the handler under the guidance of the departments policies, procedures, and administration.It is recommended that the Patrol Dog/Handler Team be evaluated in this format at least once each year.

FEMA Advanced Certifications

Resources for FEMA certifications. The objectives for developing a standardized Disaster Search Canine Evaluation Process are to provide uniform methods to determine the current operational readiness levels of all Canine Search Specialists and canines in the National US&R Response System, use the results of the assessment process to identify major strengths and shortfalls for the Canine Search Specialist and their canine for targeted improvement.

Diensthundpruefungsordnung 1

DPO-1 certification examinations should be administered only after both dog and handler have completed a course of training which is designed for the specific examination to be administered. Afterwards, to maintain certification, the dog should be re-examined on an annual basis. This is to assure performance quality-control over the career of the dog.

Police Patrol Dog 1

Police Service Dog certification examinations should be administered only after both dog and handler have completed a course of training which is designed for the specific examination to be administered. Afterwards, to maintain certification, the dog should be reexamined on an annual basis. This is to assure performance quality-control over the career of the dog.

Heart of America Police Dog Association Certification Rules

This is a test to determine the canines ability to perform the required tasks as well as the handlers ability to control and interpret the canines behavior.

North American Police Work Dog Association

A list of resource links for the North American Police Work Dog Association including certification rules, bylaws, and a range of tests. “Dedicated to Assisting Police Work Dog Teams Throughout the World”

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