Narcotics Certification

This DLE Narcotics Detection Certification is a two (2) part certification designed to determine the proficiency and reliability of the dog team in the detection of narcotics. The first part of the certification is the Odor Recognition Test. This test is designed to evaluate the canines’ ability to recognize the target odor and respond to the target odor. The Odor recognition test must be passed prior to moving onto the second part of the certification; the Practical Test. The Practical test will test the handler’s ability to recognize the canine’s response or non-responses in the search areas. The term “narcotics aid” will mean any narcotics substance used for certification testing.
The Practical Testing will be conducted in all three (3) areas. This part of the certification is to test the handlers’ decision-making ability in reading his canine partner. The test area may or may not have a narcotics odor placed in the mandatory search areas. There will be at least one (1) non-target odor placed in mandatory search areas. The minimum standard for testing is one (1). The Mandatory search areas are as follows:
a. Vehicles
b. Buildings
c. Open area