assess applicants for skills unique to and required for detector dog handling
measure interdiction activities of the Detector Dog Program.
The Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Integrated Services, will:
ensure procedures for measuring interdiction activities and accountabilities are utilized
approve requests to deploy detector dogs to Community Correctional Centres and other agencies.
The Regional Administrator, Security, will:
provide regional administrative and operational support for the Detector Dog Program
develop a regional assistance strategy for the utilization of detector dogs within his/her region
coordinate annual certifications of detector dog teams.
The Institutional Head will:
ensure only detector dog teams with current certification are utilized for searches of areas where there is an expectation of privacy such as cells, lockers or vehicles, where no previous information exists to establish reasonable grounds to do a search
ensure that an approved and suitably equipped vehicle is provided to the Handler for duty-related activities
ensure areas of the institution to be utilized for searching individuals with detector dogs are modified and/or arranged to facilitate the search
ensure time is available for Handlers to complete required maintenance and training
ensure storage facilities for training aid kits meet all security requirements
ensure the measurement of interdiction activities and accountability processes are kept current
Detector dogs will be transported in CSC vehicles. Privately owned motor vehicles will not be used except:
for occasional and documented exceptional circumstances, with the authorization of the Institutional Head and pursuant to the Treasury Board Travel Directive
in emergencies when no other means of transportation is available.
Detector dogs will not be used for searching:
private residences or areas, except when the Handler is assisting an external agency with the appropriate approval
lands designated as sacred grounds within a penitentiary. In exceptional circumstances where there is reliable intelligence, the Institutional Head will consult the Elder to identify procedures that will respect spiritual and cultural protocols, while ensuring the safety and security of the institution.
The Institutional Head will consider the needs of CSC prior to supporting a request for assistance from a partner agency.
Any person who wilfully causes unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to a detector dog may be reported to police. While detector dogs are not considered Peace Officers, the Handlers are, and the dog is considered a necessary tool for the execution of the Handler/Peace Officer's duties. Obstructing a detector dog is therefore equivalent to obstructing a Peace Officer in his/her duties and may result in a charge of obstruction of a Peace Officer under the Criminal Code.
Any inmate who wilfully causes unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to a detector dog or who interferes with the duties of the dog can be charged with disciplinary offences under paragraph 40(r) of the CCRA.
Searches involving detector dogs will comply with procedures pursuant to the Manual on Religious and Spiritual Accommodation.
Detector dog: a dog that is trained to search for specific odours and identify the source of the odours through a behavioural change. CSC detector dogs are certified to work with a specific Handler. No other person will utilize the detector dog in a search capacity.
Detector dog team: a trained and certified detector dog and Handler.
Detector Dog Handler/Search Specialist: a specialist who will assist the designated manager in the development and maintenance of a thorough and consistent Institutional Search Plan and a trained and certified Detector Dog Handler.
Training aid: a legally possessed item or substance used to train a detector dog in the scent profiles for which the dog has been certified.
Training aid kit: a supply of controlled substances approved and provided by Health Canada.