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Mid-South Police Canine Association


Mid-South Police Canine Association

Examiner Rules

Basic Patrol Canine Team Rules

Basic Patrol Canine Team Certification

Obedience

Agility


Hurdles


Pipe Crawl/Crawl


Building Search


Area Search


Handler Protection


Criminal Apprehension Recall


Apprehension Without Gunfire


Apprehension With Gunfire


Apprehension Over an Obstacle


Basic Patrol Canine Team

Score Sheet

Handler:___________________________ Title:______________________

SS No:_____________________________ DOB:_____________________

Department:___________________________________________________

Address:______________________________________________________

Phone:_________________________ Fax:___________________________

Canine Name:_________________________ Age:_______ Breed:________

Color:____________________ Markings:____________________________

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Obedience: Pass______ Fail______

Agility: Pass______ Fail______

Building Search: Pass______ Fail______

Area Search: Pass______ Fail______

Criminal Apprehension: Pass______ Fail______

Handler Protection: Pass______ Fail______

Handler Performance: Pass______ Fail______

Comments:_______________________________________________________

Examiner:_______________________ Date:___________________

Location of Certification:____________________________________________

Send completed form to:

M.S.P.C.A.
PO Box 901458
Memphis, TN 38190

Tracking & Evidence Detection Team

Rules:


Police Canine Tracking
Level 1

 

Evidence Detection Team Certification


Tracking & Evidence Detection Team

Score Sheet

Handler:___________________________ Title:______________________

SS No:_____________________________ DOB:_____________________

Department:___________________________________________________

Address:______________________________________________________

Phone:_________________________ Fax:___________________________

Canine Name:_________________________ Age:_______ Breed:________

Color:____________________ Markings:____________________________

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Tracking Level I: Pass______ Fail______

Tracking Level II: Pass______ Fail______

Evidence Detection: Pass______ Fail______

Handler Performance: Pass______ Fail______

Comments:_______________________________________________________

Examiner:_______________________ Date:___________________

Location of Certification:____________________________________________

Send completed form to:

M.S.P.C.A.
PO Box 901458
Memphis, TN 38190

Police Canine Tracking
Level II

General Rules

This will be a certification test.
No pseudo-narcotics will be used for this test.
All drugs used for this test will be tested for purity and weight. It will be the host examiners responsibility to provide this information upon request.
No electric shock collars will be allowed on dogs during testing.
The examiner must be appointed by the MSPCA (see rules for examiner).
Certifications will be valid for one year from the date of certification.
Any region interested in hosting certification seminars must contact MSPCA in writing at least 90 days prior.
Each substance will be of variable weights with the minimum being one gram.
One weight must be at least double the smallest amount used.
A minimum of one exercise per substance, in each environment, must be conducted.
The narcotics must be hidden by examiner at least 30 minutes prior to search. Rubber gloves must be used.
The search area will have a team walked through prior to testing.
Both indoor and outdoor searches will be timed from the time the handler leaves a point designated by the examiner until the team indicates the search is complete or the time expires. The handler must call the finds.
The safety of the canine will be the responsibility of the handler (i.e. overdose).
The examiner has the right to retire any search area that presents a major problem to 75% of the teams. Only after all teams search that area, will it be refired.
No aid will be hidden at a height greater than four feet from the floor.
The examiner has the right to refuse any canine that poses a threat towards him/herself or others.
Any unknown responses will be noted on the evaluation form.
A maximum of one per exercise will be allowed.
The examiner will use discretion to avoid/eliminate any overlapping odors.
There will be no narcotic contaminated rewards allowed during testing.
All handlers and examiners will act in a professional manner. There will be no intoxicating beverages allowed on the premises of certifications.
No handler or examiner will allowed to participate while under the influence of said.
Certification fees are $25 for paid member and $40 for unpaid member.
Narcotics Detection Team Certification Standards

All teams must be evaluated in two different environments---motor vehicle and a building.
Vehicle searches will consist of five vehicles with hides on the outside of two of them. The vehicles may be positioned in any manner as long as the teams have access to them. The narcotics will be placed so that they cannot be retrieved by the canine. No two hides will be placed on the same vehicle. There will be a 10 minute time limit with a 2 minute warning on the vehicle search.
The indoor search will consist of 3 rooms. The rooms will be a minimum of 400 feet. There will be a time limit of 45 minutes for this search. The rooms must have some type of common furnishings in them. The narcotics will be placed where they cannot be retrieved by the canine. The narcotics will be placed at a height not to exceed 4 feet. There will be a 2 minute warning. At the expiration of time, the handler must call the finds. There will be one hide in two of the rooms.
The minimum acceptable standard for the team’s performance during the test will be recorded as "pass" or "fail" based upon the following:
Basic Narcotic Certification
Type/# Substance Must Locate # Hides

2 marijuana 3 of 4
2 cocaine
In addition to the basic certification, the team must find at least one of 2 hides per additional substance to obtain advanced certification.
Advanced Narcotic Certification
Type/# Substance Must Locate # Hides

1 optional * 1 2
2 optional * 2 4
hash, meth, heroin, peyote, etc.
Narcotics Detection Team Evaluation

The examiner will evaluate the canine’s performance in the following areas:

Intent

Intent is demonstrated by the canine through the interest, attitude, and enthusiasm displayed while searching. Since intent is the result of certain motivational factors instilled through training and directly affects the thoroughness of the search, it becomes a critical factor. All other aspects of the canine’s performance are dependent upon this trait.
Detection

During the initial training process the canine’s instinctive reactions were channeled to achieve a positive response when the canine was exposed to a narcotic odor. This response is of primary importance in daily employment and is evaluated during the evaluation as detection.
Alert. The alert is an emotional reaction that in a physically "readable" response from the canine when the narcotic substance is detected.
Interest. This portion of the evaluation pertains to the period of time after alert and is reflected by the enthusiasm and desire the canine displays to pinpoint and stay in the place of narcotic concealment.
Response. The response an animal displays, either passive or aggressive, towards the odor of the narcotic is of great importance. A passive response is defined as sitting or downing beside the odor. An aggressive response is defined as biting and/or scratching at the odor in an attempt to retrieve it.
Handler Evaluation

During the time the canine is being evaluated, the handler will be evaluated on his/her performance. This will also be recorded on the evaluation form. The following rating will apply to the handler’s performance.

satisfactory—no more than two discrepancies.
unsatisfactory—three or more discrepancies.

If the handler fails to use search pattern designated to ensure complete examination within an area or does not interpret the canine’s alert: then he/she will automatically be documented as unsatisfactory.
Examples of discrepancies:

Keyed canine on narcotic
Improper leash control
Encouraged canine before it responded to odor
Did not direct canine to detail search
Did not properly control canine
Did not demonstrate confidence in canine

A score sheet must be filled out and returned to the association on each team regardless whether passed or failed.
Narcotic Detector Team Score Sheet

Handler:___________________________ Title:______________________

Department:___________________________________________________

Address:______________________________________________________

Phone:_________________________ Fax:___________________________

Canine Name:_________________________ Age:_______ Breed:________

Color:______________________ Tattoos:____________________________

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Basic Certification ( ) Advanced Certification ( )

Indoors Search: Pass______ Fail______

Outdoors Search: Pass______ Fail______

Handler Performance: Pass______ Fail______

Unknown Responses:______________________________

Comments:_______________________________________________________

Examiner:_______________________ Date:___________________

Location of Certification:____________________________________________

Arson Accelerate Detection Team

General Rules

This will be a certification test.
The certification will be valid for one year from date of certification.
The examiner must be appointed by the MSPCA.
No electric shock collars will be allowed on dogs during any testing.
The examiner will be responsible for the fair and equal method of testing for all handlers.
All indications by the dog of the concealed substance must be obvious to the examiner.
The test will be comprised of four separate searches involving petroleum, acetone alcohol, and turpentine.
Each search area will have a minimum of 30 minutes set time.
When the search begins, the examiner should limit the number of persons in the testing area.
The examiner will explain the search area to the handler and the time will start as the team begins the search by leaving a designated point
The time will stop when the handler indicates his/her search is complete or when the time expires.
Preparation of Testing Materials

Samples may be prepared by one of the following:

A chemist who performs fire debris analysis.
A trainer experienced in the handling and training of accelerant detection canines.

Testing materials

Burnt materials will consist of a 2" x 4" x 8" piece of raw oak
Six ounces of product will be poured on at 2 ounces every 3 minutes; then let burn for 10 minutes.
Acetone will be a 2 ounce amount on clothes; then let air dry
Petroleum will be a 4 oz. Amount poured into a gallon container and then poured out.
Testing

The handler will be tested on his/her ability to work and read the canine.
The canine will be tested on it,s ability to locate and indicate proper substances. Testing will be carried out in the following areas:
Vehicle search—burnt material—alcohol
Five vehicles will be utilized. Vehicles will be 4 door standard size vehicles.
The vehicles can be placed in any order of position as long as the teams have access to them.
The burnt material will be placed either inside or outside of the vehicle.
The vehicle search will have a 10 minute time limit.
There will be a 2 minute warning prior to the expiration of the time.


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Indoor search—burnt material—turpentine
Indoor search area will consist of one 20x20 furnished room.
Testing area will be at any height below the standard 8 foot ceiling.
There will be a 5 minute time limit with a 30 second warning prior to time expiring.


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Perimeter search—raw material—petroleum
Five empty gallon containers will be utilized. One can will be contaminated with the petroleum based product.
Outside perimeter of the test area will be a 30"x30" area of weeds and/or tall grass.
There will be a 30 minute time limit with a 30 second warning prior to the expiration of time.


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Crowd search—raw material—acetone
The clothing discrimination will consist of either 6 individuals standing in a crowd scene or six articles of clothing. The examiner shall decide which to use.
One article or one individual will be contaminated with the acetone and randomly placed in line with the others.
There will be a 5 minute time limit with a 30 second warning prior to the expiration of time.
A score sheet must be filled out and returned to the association on each team regardless whether passed or failed.
Accelerant Detection Dog Team Score Sheet

Handler:___________________________ Title:______________________

Department:___________________________________________________

Address:______________________________________________________

Phone:_________________________ Fax:___________________________

Canine Name:__________________________ Age:____________________

Breed of Dog:_________________________ Color:____________________

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Indoors Search: Pass______ Fail______

Outdoors Search: Pass______ Fail______

Handler Performance: Pass______ Fail______

Unknown Responses:______________________________

Comments:_______________________________________________________

Examiner:_______________________ Date:___________________

Location of Certification:____________________________________________

Send completed form to:

M.S.P.C.A.
PO Box 901458
Memphis, TN 38190

Explosive Detection Team

General Rules

This will be a certification test.
Certification will be valid for one year from date of certification.
Each explosive substance will be of variable weights with the minimum being ½ pound.
The explosive will be hidden by the examiner wearing rubber gloves 30 minutes prior to the team entering the search area.
When the test begins, the number of people inside the search area will be determined by the examiner.
Before starting, the search area will be contaminated by a handler and a canine by walking around and through the areas to be searched.
Both indoor and outdoor tests will be timed in the following manner. The team will start from a point designated by the examiner. Time will start when the team leaves this point. Time will stop when the handler indicates the search is complete or time expires. Calls finds.
No aid will be placed at a height greater than 6 feet from the floor.
The examiner has the right to refuse to test any dog that poses a threat to him/herself or others.
Any unknown responses will be noted on the evaluation form. A maximum of 2 per certification will be allowed.
A team must have a 90% find rate.
The examiner will have the authority to refire any area that presents a major problem to at least 75% of the participating teams.
All handlers will act in a professional manner. There will be no intoxicating beverages allowed on the premises of certification. No handler or examiner will be allowed to participate in the events while under the influence of said.
Violation may result in the barring of that person from any and all MSPCA events.
Explosive Detection Team Certification Standards

Explosive detector canines must certify in four areas:
Motor vehicle searches with 15 vehicles and 3 hidden aids.
Building searches (warehouse) with 3 hidden aids.
Office searches (4 rooms) with 2 hidden aids, and
Luggage searches (15 pieces with contents) with 2 hidden aids.
Motor Vehicles:

15 vehicles
Hides may be placed inside or outside vehicles
20 minute maximum time limit
Handler and canine must pinpoint area of device within 36 inches
Building Search - Warehouse:

Maximum 4,000 square feet search area
Hides will not exceed 6 feet in height
Handler and canine must pinpoint area within 36 inches
1 hour maximum search time
Office Search:

4 rooms with furniture
30 minutes maximum search time
Handler and canine must pinpoint within 36 inches.
Luggage:

15 pieces of luggage with contents
All luggage will face the same direction
10 minutes maximum search time
Explosive Detection Team Evaluation

Intent

Intent is demonstrated by the canine through the interest, attitude, and enthusiasm displayed while searching, since intent is the result of certain motivational factors instilled through training and directly affects the thoroughness of the search, it becomes a critical factor. All other aspects of performance are dependent upon this trait.
Detection

During the initial training process, the canine’s instinctive reactions were channeled to achieve a positive response when the animal was exposed to an explosive odor. This response is of primary importance in daily employment and is evaluated as detection. Detection is divided into three parts; alert, interest, and response.
Alert—the alert is an emotional reaction that is a physically "readable’ response from the canine when the explosive substance is detected.
Interest—in this portion of the evaluation, interest pertains to the period of time after the alert and is reflected by the enthusiasm and desire the canine displays to pinpoint and not leave the place of explosive concealment.
Response—the response an animal displays towards the odor of the explosive is of great importance. A passive response is defined as sitting or downing beside the odor. An aggressive response is defined as biting and/or scratching at the odor in a attempt to retrieve it.
Handler Evaluation

At the same time that the canine is being evaluated, the handler will also be evaluated on his/her performance. This will also be recorded on the evaluation form. The following rating scale will apply to the handler’s performance:
Satisfactory—no more than 2 discrepancies in each area.
Unsatisfactory—3 or more discrepancies in each area.
If the handler fails to use a search pattern designed to ensure complete examination within an area or does not interpret the canine’s alert, then he/she will automatically receive an unsatisfactory rating. Examples of discrepancies:
Keyed canine on explosive
Improper leash control
Encouraged canine before it responded to odor
Did not direct canine to detail search
Did not properly control canine
Did not demonstrate confidence in canine
The search will be conducted by the EDT using the same procedures that would be used if the examiners were not present. Examiners will resemble actual search conditions as closely as possible. The examiners will not keep track of the areas searched or attempt to change the search pattern of the EDT during the examination search.
False response—an area where the canine responds and no explosive odor is present. In the event this occurs, the examiner will instruct the team to move from that specific area and continue their normal search pattern (i.e.,on luggage move to the next bag, on vehicle move to the next vehicle.
Fringe response— it is determined that the canine has responded off source (fringe response), the examiner will tell the handler, "not at source". If the team has an excessive number of fringe response, the examiner will instruct the handler to take the canine to the source.
Aggressive response—an aggressive response is when the canine bites, scratches, or aggressively nudges the location of the training aid. Retrieving or attempts to retrieve an aid are also considered aggressive response. A canine that shows an aggressive trend during certification will not be certified.
A score sheet must be completed and returned to the association on each team regardless whether passes or failed.
Explosive Detection Team Score Sheet

Handler:___________________________ Title:______________________

Department:___________________________________________________

Address:______________________________________________________

Phone:_________________________ Fax:___________________________

Canine Name:__________________________ Age:____________________

Breed of Dog:_________________________ Color:____________________

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Warehouse Search: Pass______ Fail______

Office Search: Pass______ Fail______

Vehicle Search: Pass______ Fail______

Luggage Search: Pass______ Fail______

Unknown Responses:______________________________

Comments:_______________________________________________________

Examiner:_______________________ Date:___________________

Location of Certification:____________________________________________

Send completed form to:

M.S.P.C.A.
PO Box 901458

Memphis, TN 38190



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