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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 | Standards | Other Work Products



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

Suzy Perry, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Sumner County Tennessee Emergency Management Agency

Vacant, Subcommittee Executive Secretary


Kenneth Furton, Florida International University

Frederick Helfers III, Self-employed

Julia Leighton, Self-employed (Legal Task Group representative)

Melanie McMillin, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (Quality Task Group representative)

Herbert Nakamura, Hawaii K-9 Koncepts

Cindy Otto, University of Pennsylvania

John Pearce, Self-employed

Adele Quigley-McBride, Duke Law, Wilson Center for Science and Justice (Human Factors Task Group representative)

Mark Rispoli, Self-employed

Craig Schultz, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Melissa Singletary, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine

Katylynn Sloan, U.S. Secret Service

Barbara Weakley-Jones, Jefferson County Coroner


On the OSAC Registry  

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  • ASB Technical Report 025, Crime Scene/Death Investigation - Dogs and Sensors - Terms and Definitions, First Edition, 2017 (added October 1, 2019 and sent to ASB for further development and publication). 
  • ANSI/ASB Standard 085, Standard for Detection Canine Selection, Kenneling and Healthcare, First Edition, 2021 (added April 5, 2022 and sent to ASB for further development and publication). 
  • ANSI/ASB Standard 088, General Guidelines for Training, Certification, and Documentation of Canine Detection Disciplines, First Edition 2020 (added April 5, 2022 and sent to ASB for further development and publication). .
  • ANSI/ASB Standard 092, Standard for Training and Certification of Canine Detection of Explosives, First Edition, 2021 (added December 6, 2022 and sent to ASB for further development and publication). .

Published & Eligible for the OSAC Registry

At an SDO for Further Development & Publication

  • REVISION to ASB Technical Report 025, Crime Scene/Death Investigation - Dogs and Sensors - Terms and Definitions, Second Edition, 20xx.
  • 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.
  • Canine Detection of Narcotics.
  • Canine Detection of Scent Identification Lineups.
  • Canine Detection of Electronic Storage Media.

Under Development

  • Canine Detection of Accelerants.
  • Standard for Disaster Live Human Detection Dogs Programs - Training, Certification, and Documentation.
  • Standard for Disaster Human Remains Detection Dogs Program - Training, Certification, and Documentation.
  • Canine Career Field Progression System.
  • Canine Detection of Pests and Insects.
  • Canine Detection of Microbial Organisms.
  • Canine Detection of Medical Biological Samples.

Other Work Products

Research & Development Needs

Discipline-Specific Bibliographies and Bibliographic References 

These documents may contain information to help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, and other readers better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as currently practiced. The identification of these documents does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only standards that are posted on the OSAC Registry and Technical Guidance documents, are endorsed by OSAC. The referenced documents may be subject to copyright. Note: Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee do not necessarily represent the position of OSAC or NIST.

Created October 16, 2014, Updated January 17, 2023