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NCJ Number: 98200 Find in a Library
Title: Nose for Trouble - Man-Dog Teams on Offshore Oil Rigs
Journal: Alabama Sheriffs Star  Volume:5  Issue:2  Dated:(Summer 1984)  Pages:205,207,209,211
Author(s): G Blair; B Grimmer
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 4
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article highlights the use of drugs on offshore oil rigs and describes the efficacy of using drug-detector dogs in contraband searches.
Abstract: The widespread use of illegal narcotics aboard offshore oil facilities is a serious problem that jeopardizes the safety of everyone onboard. Crews may use narcotics for numerous reasons; for example, they are away from home, in an isolated location, and possibly bored by repetitious tasks. Some employees may bring drugs onboard; fishermen in the area, helicopter pilots, and others who come and go regularly may also be suppliers. The use of an experienced 'man-dog narcotics search team' is an effective way of combating drug use. Security directors may ask other satisified users for references or may inquire of law enforcement K-9 units. Once a man-dog team has been selected for a trial run under real-world circumstances, the handler's use of the dog should be evaluated. For example, the handler should qualify the dog before every search, every time; he should also give the dog time to clear his nose of any confusing odors. However, the security manager must accept certain responsibilities connected with the search. For example, he must severely limit access to the date, time, place, and method of search. The corporation must also take responsibility for determining ownership and assigning responsibility for any drugs found. Finally, preemployment search waivers should be routinely required and executed. Regular use of a man-dog narcotics team may be the best deterrent to drug use on oil rigs.
Index Term(s): Drug detection; Drug law enforcement; Drug smuggling; Police dogs
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