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Canine Detection Guidance Notes

A suite of evidence-based guidance notes detailing good practices underpinning delivery of effective detection dog capability

Last Updated 11 May 2022

Introduction

CPNI is working with partners including the Home Office, Department for Transport and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory to develop a suite of evidence-based guidance notes detailing good practices underpinning delivery of effective detection dog capability. These are primarily intended for detection dog handlers and trainers, but should also prove useful to security managers looking to commission effective detection dog capability.

Wherever possible, the notes have been written so as to be applicable across any detection dog discipline (explosives, firearms, etc) and application (searching / screening buildings, areas, vehicles, deliveries or people). 

Latest Guidance

Guidance notes

The list of topics will be expanded over time – please check back here periodically for the latest additions. If you wish to provide feedback on any of these guidance notes or suggestions for future topics, please contact DSTL.

In addition to the technical guidance notes, CPNI has produced some guidance that outlines the key points to consider when specifying, procuring and implementing detection dog services. This is intended to aid organisations looking to use private sector detection dog services, helping them understand the capability offered by their chosen provider and ensure it addresses their operational requirements.

Essential Background Knowledge

Tools and Techniques for Effective Training

Optimising Operational Performance

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