Detector Dog Program
Detector dog teams play an integral role in securing Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) facilities and ensuring public safety.
Eliminating drugs in institutions
- CSC uses a variety of tools and measures – including detector dogs – to keep drugs out of our institutions.
- Illicit drugs threaten institutional safety and security.
- They can also undermine an offender's efforts at rehabilitation and safe reintegration.
- Detector dogs and their handlers provide an important line of defence.
- They have proven to be effective in stopping the flow of illicit drugs into our institutions.
- Detector dog teams also play an important role in educating inmates, visitors and staff.
Detector dog teams
- CSC runs a coordinated and standardized national program that ensures all of our institutions across Canada have access to the detector dog service.
- Detector dog teams are placed:
- at principal entrances during inmate visits
- in the admissions and discharge areas of institutions.
- They provide:
- enhanced searching capabilities
- security surveillance by regularly searching cells, yards and common areas.
- All CSC dog and handler teams are trained and certified through the Canada Border Services Agency.
- We are committed to maintaining and improving detector dog team skills. All teams are re-certified regularly.
- CSC currently has the most drug detector dog teams among all Government of Canada departments.
Updated January 2017
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