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Title: Hottest Drug Dogs on the Border
Journal: Law and Order  Volume:37  Issue:8  Dated:(August 1989)  Pages:39-41
Author(s): R Moody; D Mosier
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 3
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Language: English
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Annotation: The El Paso Border Patrol Sector Canine Team performs a myriad of "sniffing" functions crucial to border law enforcement.
Abstract: The functions include search and rescue missions; detection of hidden aliens, narcotics, and contraband; search and tracking of criminal suspects; and public relations, notably school education programs. The dogs are "selection tested" in Belgium by a team of canine instructors to determine suitability for training. Dogs purchased by the U.S. Border Patrol are immediately sent to one of the "sniffer-dog academies." There the animals are introduced to selected agent handlers, with whom they work for 9 weeks. Upon graduation, the teams are qualified to locate narcotics and hidden illegal aliens. The teams receive weekly maintenance training and are recertified every 6 months. Dog-agent teams are together 24 hours a day on duty and at leisure. Smugglers' attempts to mask odors are futile, since dogs are capable of smelling more than one odor simultaneously. Research indicates a dog's sense of smell is approximately 6 million times greater than that of humans. In the first 9 months of fiscal year 1989, dogs in the El Paso Border Patrol Sector Canine Team sniffed out $100 million in narcotics.
Main Term(s): Police dog training
Index Term(s): Border control; Drug detection
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