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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 member)

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

Cindy Otto, University of Pennsylvania

John Pearce, Self-employed

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

Mark Rispoli, Self-employed


Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO)

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.
  • Standard for Disaster Live Human Detection Dogs Programs - Training, Certification, and Documentation.
  • Standards for Disaster Human Remains Detection Dogs Program - Training, Certification, and Documentation. 
  • 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.
  • Canine Detection of Contraband.
  • Presentation of Canine Detection Evidence in Court.
  • Canine Detection of Narcotics.
  • Standard for Training and Certification of Canine Detection of Explosives.
  • Canine Detection of Electronic Storage Media.
  • Canine Detection of Accelerants.
  • Canine Detection of Scent Identification Lineups.

Tier 4: Under Development

  • Canine Detection of Microbial Organisms.
  • Canine Career Field Progression System.
  • 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 October 15, 2021