The ATF Canine Explosives Detection Program
Explosives detection technology has advanced significantly in the past few years. Even with those advances many of the instrumental techniques still are unable to meet current needs. Additionally, evaluation of several canine explosives detection programs found them to be deficient on an operational basis. In response, ATF developed a pilot training program for explosives detection canines in 1991. The training concepts used included: 1. food reward conditioning; 2. scientific oversight of proficiency testing; 3. use of small amounts of a wide range of explosive compounds representative of those in use today. Advantages of the training program included dogs capable of working with multiple handlers and sensitive to a wide range of concealed explosive products at quantities as low as 15 grams. Additionally the training program could be completed in six weeks and at minimal cost.
KeywordsSodium Chlorate Potassium Chlorate Explosive Detection Nitrate Ester Potassium Perchlorate
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