SWGDOG is a Scientific Working Group

posted Oct 13, 2009, 12:58 AM by Charles Henderson   [ updated May 2, 2012, 6:59 PM ]

SWGDOG is a collaboratively funded effort of the FBI, NIJ and DHS.

 

SWGDOG is not a certification group.

 

SWGDOG is a Scientific Working Group.

 

For more than a decade, there have been scientific working groups (SWGs) established initially sponsored by the FBI. The purpose of these working groups is to establish professional forums in which federal, state, and local government experts, together with academic and commercial scientists and other recognized experts in the selected field can develop optimal operational guidelines.

Recently, it has become increasingly clear that local law enforcement as well as national homeland security can benefit from improvements in the performance of deployed detector dogs and their proper combination with electronic detection devices. A variety of leaders in the detection canine and instrument community support the establishment of a scientific working group in this area, and there has already been some standardization efforts in this area that can be drawn from.

 

At the 2nd and 3rd National Detector Dog Conferences held in 2001 and 2003, general best practices for detector dog teams were drafted and refined. Also, an Interpol European Working Group on the Use of Police Dogs in Crime Investigation (IEWGPD) recently concluded a similar project in Europe and representatives would be included in this working group.

An exploratory meeting to ascertain if valid justification and broad support could be demonstrated to adopt a formal SWG on dogs and orthogonal detector guidelines  was held in Burbank, California, on January 15, 2004, and convened a core group of more than a dozen recognized experts, both domestic and international, in the field of dog and orthogonal detection from the federal, state, and local governments as well as recognized expert private practitioners in the United States.

 

As such, its mandate focuses on the meld of what’s known scientifically and how to use this knowledge to augment the skills of canine handlers and supervisors within the law enforcement community and private sector.

 

A standard can be defined as an established or widely recognized modelof authority or excellence, as a reference point against which other things can be evaluated, or the ideal in terms of which something can be judged. Standards usually define or establish uniform specification or characteristics for products or services.

 

A minimum standard is defined as the lowest acceptable criteria that define

or establish uniform specification or characteristics for products or services.

 

Why was SWGDOG established?

 

SWGDOG was established in order to benefit local, state, federal and international law enforcement agencies by improvements in the performance and overall reliability of detector dogs and their optimized combination with electronic detection devices.

 

SWGDOG benefits:

 

• national security

• border protection

• drug and contraband interdiction

• law enforcement and criminal investigations

• disaster response

 

Establishing best practices for detection teams improves interdiction efforts as well as courtroom acceptance of dog alert evidence by improving the consistency and performance of deployed detector dogs.

              Approved Guidelines

        * SC1 Terminology (abcdefghijk)
        * SC2 General Guidelines
        * SC3 Selection of Serviceable Dogs
        * SC4 Kenneling and Healthcare
        * SC5 Selection of Handlers
        * SC5 Canine Career Field Progression System

        * SC6 Presentation of Evidence in Court
        * SC7 Research and Technology
        * SC8 Substance Dogs: Accelerants
        * SC8 Substance Dogs: Agriculture

        * SC8 Substance Dogs: Contraband
        * SC8 Substance Dogs: Explosives

        * SC8 Substance Dogs: Human Remains
        * SC8 Substance Dogs: Narcotics

        * SC8 Substance Dogs: Pest & Insect

        * SC9 Scent Dogs: Article Search

       * SC9 Scent Dogs: Avalanche Search

        * SC9 Scent Dogs: Location Checks

        * SC9 Scent Dogs: Non-specific Human Scent Wilderness Area Search
        * SC9 Scent Dogs: Pre-Scented Canine Aged Trail

        * SC9 Scent Dogs: Scent Identification Lineups

        * SC9 Scent Dogs: Searching for Live People in Disaster Environments

        * SC9 Scent Dogs: Track/Trail People based on Last Known Position

        * SC10 Statement of Purpose

Documents for Public Comment
Posted for Public Comment 4/24/2012 - 6/22/2012

Documents listed with "Track Changes" have been previously approved and are being modified after required two year review. Please find below two versions of each document for easier reading.

    * SC1l Terminology CLEAN
    * SC1l Terminology TRACK CHANGES
    * SC2 General Guidelines CLEAN
    * SC2 General Guidelines TRACK CHANGES
    * SC3 Selection of Serviceable Dogs & Replacement Systems CLEAN
    * SC3 Selection of Serviceable Dogs & Replacement Systems TRACK CHANGES
    * SC9 Searching for Human Remains in a Disaster Environment

Supporting Files:
SWGDOG Public Comment Form (*.doc)
SC1l Terminology CLEAN (*.pdf)
SC1l Terminology TRACK CHANGES (*.pdf)
SC2 General Guidelines CLEAN (*.pdf)
SC2 General Guidelines TRACK CHANGES (*.pdf)
SC3 Selection of Serviceable Dogs & Replacement Systems CLEAN (*.pdf)
SC3 Selection of Serviceable Dogs & Replacement Systems TRACK CHANGES (*.pdf)
SC9 Searching for Human Remains in a Disaster Environment (*.pdf)
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