(Billing Code: 4810-31-P)

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

[Notice No. 878]

The Department of the Treasury's Odor Recognition Proficiency Standard

for Explosives Detection Canines (99R-235P)


AGENCY: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Department of the Treasury.

 

ACTION: Notice of availability.

 

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is announcing the availability of the Department of the Treasury’s Odor Recognition Proficiency Standard for Explosives Detection Canines. The standard has been revised using solicited input and recommendations from other Federal law enforcement agencies that use explosives detection canines. A copy of the standard is available to all interested persons.

 

ADDRESSES: To receive a copy of the Department of the Treasury's Odor Recognition Proficiency Standard, send a written request, on official law enforcement or government letterhead, to: Chief, Canine Operations Branch, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, 650 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Room 5100, Washington, DC 20226.

 

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rhonda Bokorney, Chief,

Canine Operations Branch, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, 650 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20226 (202-927-8680).

 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On September 30, 1996, the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997, Public Law 104-208, authorized the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a standard for explosives detection canines. Section 653(a) of the Act provides the following:

Authorization. - The Secretary of the Treasury is authorized to establish scientific certification standards for explosives detection canines, and

shall provide, on a reimbursable basis, for the certification of explosives detection canines employed by Federal agencies, or other agencies providing explosives detection services at airports in the United States.

 

The Secretary of the Treasury requested the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to develop the standard. On September 29, 1997, we published in the Federal Register a notice announcing the establishment of an odor recognition proficiency standard for explosives detection canines (Notice No. 97-101; 62 FR 50982). The standard included a minimum odor recognition proficiency test which could be used by agencies that use detection canines. Copies of the odor recognition proficiency standard were available to all interested persons.

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In Notice No. 97-101, we also stated that the established odor recognition proficiency standard would be further tested and validated. Prior to its being scientifically validated, the standard was revised using solicited input and recommendations from other Federal law enforcement agencies that use explosives detection canines.

From May 28, 1998, through February 1999, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, managed by Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation for the U.S. Department of Energy, conducted an independent assessment of the validity of the odor recognition proficiency standard. On March 10, 1999, the Laboratory issued a final report that concluded the standard and test are valid for the measure of the proficiency for detecting explosives odors at the recognition and alerting phase of training.

A copy of the revised Department of the Treasury’s Odor Recognition Proficiency Standard is available to law enforcement and government agencies.

Authority and Issuance

This notice is issued under the authority in Sec. 653, Pub. L. 104-208, 110 Stat. 3009.

Signed:

 

 

 

 

Director

 

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