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Narcotic Detection Test

North American Police Work Dog Association

Narcotic Detection Test

715-235-6502

This test is designed to determine the proficiency and reliability of dogs in the detection of narcotics. As defined by the NAPWDA narcotic detection rules for testing, the minimum acceptable level required to pass is 91.6%. The basic narcotic odors (and their derivatives) that can be tested in are marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine and are not to exceed five (5) different narcotic odors.

The general rules for testing narcotic detection dogs will be as follows:

1.) The "Reward toy or object" used during a narcotic detection certification test, to reward the dog upon finding a narcotic hide, WILL NOT contain any narcotics or narcotic odor/residue.

2.) All odors attempting to be certified in WILL be hidden in ALL areas tested in.

3.) All searches will include a minimum of one (1) blank uncontaminated area to be searched, e.g. vehicle, room, luggage, locker, area, etc.

4.) Testing will be conducted in at least three (3) areas. Areas of concealment are:

a.) Vehicles ( inside and outside count as one (1) area.)
b.) Buildings
c.) Any other designated areas.

5.) A "team miss" is defined as any incorrect response by the K9 team.

6.) Only one (1) miss total overall of all odors attempted to be certified in, will be permitted for a successful "pass" certification.

7.) Narcotics successfully certified in will be listed by their "Laboratory" names on the certification certificate.

8.) Pseudo narcotics WILL NOT be used for certification tests.

9.) The Master Trainer will place the aids in locations unknown to the team. Hides may be high or low.

10.) The amount of narcotic substance used for testing will not be less than one (1) gram. Adopted 06-22-97

11.) When testing in three or more odors of narcotics, a minimum of one (1) hide of EACH ODOR ATTEMPTED TO BE CERTIFIED IN, WILL be hidden in "Building" searches and in "Other" searches, tested in.

12.) When testing in three or more odors of narcotics, there will be a minimum of one (1) hide of each odor attempted to be certified in, hidden INSIDE the vehicle and a minimum of one (1) hide of the SAME ODOR, hidden on the OUTSIDE of the vehicle, thus making a TOTAL of TWO (2) HIDES of EACH ODOR attempted to be certified in for the vehicle portion of the narcotic detection certification test. There will be at least one (1) blank uncontaminated vehicle searched/used during this test. (adopted 06-18-95)

13.) If only one (1) odor is attempted to be certified in, there WILL be a minimum of twelve (12) total finds, consisting of a minimum four (4) hides in building search, minimum four (4) hides in "Other" searches, and a minimum of four (4) hides - two (2) inside and two (2) outside a vehicle. There will be at least one (1) blank uncontaminated vehicle searched/used during this test.

14.) If two (2) odors are attempted to be certified in, there WILL be a minimum of twelve (12) total finds, consisting of a minimum two (2) hides of each odor in building search, minimum two (2) hides of each odor in "Other" searches, and a minimum two (2) hides of each odor - one (1) of each odor inside and one (1) of each odor outside a vehicle. There will be at least one (1) blank uncontaminated vehicle searched/used during this test.

15.) Time limits on searches will be at the discretion of the Master Trainer and so long as the Master Trainer determines that the team is still working.

NOTE: THERE WILL BE A BREAK BETWEEN THE NARCOTIC BUILDING SEARCHES AND THE NARCOTIC VEHICLE SEARCHES.

***NOTE: There will be a break between the narcotic building searches and the narcotics vehicle searches.

***The safety of the detection dog will be the sole responsibility of the handler, (such as overdose).***

All tests given the Narcotic Detection Team will be on a pass/fail basis. The Master Trainer will determine if the team will be certified upon the completion of the test. The handler and dog will be considered as a team and it is the team who will be certified. If the dog changes handlers, a new team exists and the team will need to be certified.

This certification will be valid for two (2) years from the date of issue as defined in Certification Validity paragraph. A schedule of fees may be imposed on the team to pay for expenses for holding this test.

This section reviewed 06-22-97



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