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Dogs & Sensors Subcommittee

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The Dogs & Sensors Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to performance of deployed dog/handler teams and optimization of their combination with electronic detection devices. 

Officers | Members | StandardsDiscipline-Specific Baseline Documents | Research & Development Needs | Presentations



Paola Prada-Tiedemann, Ph.D., Subcommittee Chair, Texas Tech University


Don Blair, Self-employed

Deborah Burnett, Tennessee Task Force One - FEMA

Deborah Davis, University of Nevada, Reno (Human Factors Representative)

Kenneth Furton, Florida International University

Julia Leighton, Self-employed (Legal Representative)

Melanie McMillin, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (Quality Representative)

Herbert Nakamura, Hawaii K-9 Koncepts

Sara Suzanne Perry, Sumner County Tennessee Emergency Management Agency

Mark Rispoli, Self-employed

Craig Schultz, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Paul Waggoner, Ph.D., Auburn University


OSAC Registry Ribbon

Tier 1: On the OSAC Registry

Tier 2: Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO)

Tier 3: Sent to an SDO

  • Canine Detection of Humans: Location Check Using Pre-Scented Canines.
  • Standard for Training and Certification for Canine Detection of Humans: An Aged Trail Using Pre-Scented Canines.
  • Standard for Training and Certification of Canine Detection of Humans: Patrol Canine Team.
  • Agriculture Detection - Canine Training, Certification, and Document Management Standards.
  • Canine Detection of Human Remains in Water.
  • Canine Detection  of Human Remains on Land.
  • Canine Detection of Human Scented Articles.
  • Presentation of Canine Detection Evidence in Court.
  • Detection Canine Selection, Kenneling and Healthcare.
  • Canine Detection of Narcotics.
  • Canine Detection of Explosives.
  • Canine Detection of Media.

Tier 4: Under Development

  • Standard for Disaster Live Human Detection Dogs Programs - Training, Certification, and Documentation.
  • Standards for Disaster Human Remains Detection Dogs.
  • Canine Detection of Contraband.
  • Canine Career Field Progression System.
  • Canine Detection of Pests and Insects.
  • Canine Detection of Accelerants.
  • Canine Detection of Person(s) During a Human Scent Identification Lineup.
  • Canine Detection of Microbial Organisms.

Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents

The Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) has provided the opportunity for OSAC subcommittees to identify baseline documents and reference materials that best reflect the current state of the practice within their respective disciplines. 

These documents contain practical information regarding these disciplines that can help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, other interested parties and the general public, to better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as they are currently practiced.

It is important to note that the identification of these documents in this venue does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only documents that are posted on the OSAC Registry constitute OSAC endorsement. All copyrights for these documents are reserved by their owners. Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee represent the consensus opinion of the subcommittee, not necessarily the position of the entire OSAC organization or NIST.

Research & Development Needs


  • None currently.
Created October 16, 2014, Updated December 7, 2020