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NCJ Number: 10759 Find in a Library
Title: USE OF TRAINED POLICE DOGS FOR CORPSE DETECTION
Journal: POLICE RESEARCH BULLETIN  Issue:21  Dated:(SPRING 1973)  Pages:37-47
Author(s): R W WALKER; C P PAYNE
Corporate Author: Great Britain Police
Research Services Branch
United States of America
Date Published: 1973
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Police
London, England
Publication Number: U
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: THE LANCASHIRE CONSTABULARY'S FIELD TRIALS WITH TWO DOGS SPECIALLY TRAINED IN CARRION DETECTION DEMONSTRATE THE POTENTIAL OF USING DOGS FOR CORPSE DETECTION.
Abstract: PIG CORPSES USED IN THE TRIALS WERE BURIED AT DEPTHS GREATER THAN THOSE LIKELY TO BE ENCOUNTERED IN TYPICAL SEARCHES FOR MURDER VICTIMS. THE DOGS DISPLAYED CONSIDERABLE ABILITY IN DETECTING CORPSES BOTH BURIED AND CONCEALED IN VEGETATION. SUCH FACTORS AS PREVAILING WEATHER CONDITIONS, TYPE OF SOIL AND AGE OF BURIAL HAD NO SIGNIFICANT EFFECT ON THE DOGS ABILITY, ALTHOUGH LOW HUMIDITY AND WARM AIR TEMPERATURES WERE FOUND TO IMPROVE POSSIBILITIES FOR SUCCESS. THE RATE OF GROUND SEARCH WAS SATISFACTORILY RAPID. THE RESEARCHERS RECOMMEND THAT DOGS BE USED BEFORE MANUAL SEARCHING HAS DISTURBED THE AREA IN QUESTION. THE TRAINING REGIMEN AND STATISTICAL TRIAL RESULTS ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Crime Scene Investigation; Criminal investigation; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Patrol; Police dogs
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