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Dogs & Sensors Subcommittee

Members of the OSAC Dogs & Sensors Subcommittee
Members of the OSAC Dogs & Sensors Subcommittee (July 2019)

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 | OSAC Registry Approved DocumentsDocuments in Process | Research & Development Needs | Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents | Presentations


Kenneth Furton, Ph.D., Subcommittee Chair, Florida International University

Vacant, Subcommittee Vice Chair

Paola A. Prada-Tiedemann, Ph.D., Subcommittee Executive Secretary, Texas Tech University


Don Blair, Self-Employed

Deborah Burnett, Fayette County (Tennessee) Sheriff's Department

Frederick Helfers III, Retired Police Detective for City of Everett (Washington)

David Kontny, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Bill MacCrehan, U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology

Herbert Nakamura, Hawaii K-9 Koncepts

Cynthia Otto, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

John Pearce, AMK9 Academy

Mark Rispoli, MAKOR K9

Craig Schultz, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation

Susan Stejskal, Ph.D., St. Joseph County (Michigan) Sheriff's Department

Paul Waggoner, Ph.D., Auburn University

Barbara Weakley-Jones, M.D., Jefferson County (Kentucky) Coroner

OSAC Registry Approved Documents

OSAC Registry Ribbon

ASB Technical Report 025, Crime Scene/Death Investigation - Dogs and Sensors - Terms and Definitions, First Edition, 2017 (effective October 1, 2019).


Documents in Process

Under Development: 

  • ASB 074, Agriculture Detection - Canine Training, Certification, and Document Management Standards. 
  • ASB 075, Human Remains Canine Detection in Water.
  • ASB 076, Human Remains Canine Detection on Land.
  • ASB 082, Crime Scene/Death Investigation - Dogs and Sensors Article Search.
  • ASB 083, Contraband Canine Detection.
  • ASB 085, Detection Canine Selection, Kenneling and Healthcare.
  • ASB 086, Narcotic Canine Detection.
  • ASB 087, Pest and Insect Canine Detection.
  • ASB 092, Canine Detection of Explosives.
  • ASB 109, Canine Detection of Microbial Organisms.
  • Pre-scented location check.
  • Mantrailing Pre‐Scented Canines: Aged Trail Search.
  • Standard for Disaster Live Human Detection Dogs Programs - Training, Certification, and Documentation.
  • Standard for Disaster Human Remains Detection Dogs Programs - Training, Certification, and Documentation.
  • Presentation of Canine Detection Evidence in Court.

Work Product Sent to SDO:

SDO Published:

Entered OSAC Registry Approval Process: 

  • None currently.

Research & Development Needs

  • See the Research & Development Needs identified by the Dogs and Sensors subcommittee.

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 Registries 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.

SWGDOG Canine Career Field Progression System

SWGDOG General Guidelines

SWGDOG Human Scent Dogs - Article Search

SWGDOG Human Scent Dogs - Non-Specific Human Scent Wilderness Area Search (Air Scent)

SWGDOG Human Scent Dogs - Pre-Scented Canine - Aged Trail Search

SWGDOG Human Scent Dogs - Pre-Scented Canines - Location Check

SWGDOG Human Scent Dogs - Scent Identification Lineup

SWGDOG Human Scent Dogs - Searching for Live People in Disaster Environments

SWGDOG Human Scent Dogs - Tracking, Trailing People Based on Last Known Position

SWGDOG Kenneling and Healthcare

SWGDOG Outreach and Education

SWGDOG Presentation of Evidence in Court

SWGDOG Research and Technology

SWGDOG Selection of Handlers

SWGDOG Selection of Serviceable Dogs

SWGDOG Substance Detector Dogs - Accelerant Detection

SWGDOG Substance Detector Dogs - Agricultural Substance Detection

SWGDOG Substance Detector Dogs - Contraband Detection

SWGDOG Substance Detector Dogs - Explosives Detection

SWGDOG Substance Detector Dogs - Human Remains Detection (HRD) Land and Water

SWGDOG Substance Detector Dogs - Narcotics Section

SWGDOG Substance Detector Dogs - Pest and Insect Detection

SWGDOG Terminology


  • None at this time.

In general, the development of standards and guidelines is transitioning from the Scientific Working Groups (SWGs) to the OSAC. Some SWGs will continue to operate to provide other resources within their discipline. The existing SWG documents will remain in effect until updated documents are disseminated by the OSAC or the SWG. SWGDAM will retain the responsibility for updating the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards.

– Forensic Science Standards Board: March 2015

Created October 16, 2014, Updated December 13, 2019