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NCJ Number: 157648 Find in a Library
Title: Bloodhounds: An Underutilized Resource
Journal: Gazette  Volume:57  Issue:9  Dated:(September 1995)  Pages:2-7
Author(s): A B Holt
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: Beneficial uses of bloodhounds in police work to trail humans and facilitate crime scene searches are noted.
Abstract: Bloodhounds are trailing dogs that can follow the scent of a particular person from the place the person was to where he or she is. These dogs can tell the direction a subject took from the point last seen (PLS), establish a new PLS and direction of travel, and indicate whether a sighting some distance away is real. Bloodhounds do not take the place of mantrackers, air scenting dog teams, and trained ground search teams but do facilitate crime scene searches. They should be relied on more in criminal investigations, and the utility of experienced bloodhound teams should be publicized more to police and sheriff departments. Bloodhounds should be trained regularly under actual conditions experienced in a search and should be accustomed to taking a scent on command from anything the handler presents. An uncontaminated scent article should be used, and the handler should be experienced in reading dog movements. 2 photographs
Main Term(s): Police dogs
Index Term(s): Crime Scene Investigation; Criminal investigation; Criminology; Emergency rescues; Police emergency procedures; Police policies and procedures; Rescue services; Suspect identification; Victim identification
Note: Reprinted from Response, National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR), V 14, N 2 (Spring 1995)
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