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