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Dogs & Sensors Subcommittee

Members of the OSAC Dogs & Sensors Subcommittee
Members of the Dogs & Sensors Subcommittee at the July 2019 OSAC Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

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

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. 


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, Tennessee Task Force One - FEMA

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

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

Julia Leighton, Self-employed (Legal Resource Representative)

William MacCrehan, National Institute of Standards and Technology 

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

Herbert Nakamura, Hawaii K-9 Koncepts

Cynthia Otto, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


John Pearce, AMK9 Academy

Mark Rispoli, MAKOR K9

Craig Schultz, 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 Ribbon

Tier 1: On the OSAC Registry

Tier 2: Published by an SDO

Tier 3: Sent to an SDO

  • ASB 024, Crime Scene/Death Investigation - Dogs and Sensors Pre-Scented Canines - Location Check.
  • ASB 026, Crime Scene/Death Investigation - Dogs and Sensors Pre-Scented Canines - Aged Trail Search.
  • ASB 027, Crime Scene/Death Investigation Dogs and Sensors - Patrol Dogs: Tracking/Trailing/Area Search/Building Search/Evidence Search of One or More Persons Based on Last Known Position.
  • ASB 074, Agriculture Detection - Canine Training, Certification, and Document Management Standards.
  • ASB 075, Canine Detection of Human Remains in Water.
  • ASB 076, Canine Detection  of Human Remains on Land.
  • ASB 082, Canine Article Search.
  • ASB 084, Presentation of Canine Detection Evidence in Court.
  • ASB 085, Detection Canine Selection, Kenneling and Healthcare.
  • ASB 086, Canine Detection of Narcotics.
  • ASB 092, Canine Detection of Explosives.
  • ASB xxx, Canine Detection of Media.

Tier 4: Under Development

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

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.

Research & Development Needs


  • None currently.

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 March 23, 2020