360 pages | 16 B/W Illus.
It is essential that those in the criminal justice system understand the tasks that police dogs perform and the evidence that their work produces. Police and Military Dogs: Criminal Detection, Forensic Evidence, and Judicial Admissibility examines the use of police and military dogs for a wide variety of functions and explores canine biology and behavior as it applies to police work.
The book begins with an overview of the changes that have occurred in the field in the past four decades as discoveries have been made about canine capabilities. The author examines how a canine handler’s work with a skilled police dog can
affect the subsequent investigation and prosecution of the crime. He discusses optimal procedures for finding and processing evidence and describes the boundaries of admissibility of evidence produced by police dogs. The book examines the
many diverse detection functions police dogs are being trained to perform, ranging from cadaver detection to the discovery of explosives. It also describes the use of dogs to apprehend criminals and in search and rescue operations.
Written for a wide audience including canine handlers, forensic scientists, attorneys, and the judiciary, this volume covers topics pertinent to all aspects of the police dog in contemporary law enforcement.
"A solid, hands-on, quick reference source for K9 Officers to use as guidance in their normal day to day cases. Also, an excellent reference tool for state and district attorneys to use when researching case law. Truly exceptional!"
—Detective Jan Scofield, Master Trainer, North American Police Work Dog Association; National Instructor, National Narcotic Detector Dog Association
"This book is an outstanding compilation of legal information. Well done. I've been training dogs since 1988 and by far this is the best reference book relating to dog law that I've ever seen. I think every K9 handler should have a copy of this book."
—Jonni Joyce, Nationally Known Master Trainer of Police and Search and Rescue Dogs, author of Jonni Joyce News and Commentary
"A must for all police and military law enforcement personnel and prosecutors. The book illustrates the fundamentals of working dogs on search for a scent that may be looking for a person or drugs. The book is very detailed in explaining the laws of search and seizure and how and what motivates the dog to work. I strongly recommend this book to all law enforcement officers, military police, and all county and state prosecutors. If you want to know how and why a dog works, here is the book. If you are a law enforcement officer you have to read this!"
—Detective Mike Drake, Kentucky State Trooper (Ret.), Pennyrile (Kentucky Regional) Narcotics Task Force, Renowned for Having Dismantled More Than 500 Meth Labs
"The most comprehensive summary of law enforcement K9 legal and scientific information I have ever seen. Every handler, prosecutor, and judge should read it. Providing K9 support in several homicides referenced in the book, it certainly brings to light many aspects of K9 issues of which everyone should be aware. Even with all the other support materials available for law enforcement K9, having faced one of the best K9 defense experts and coming out victorious as we did, our preparation would have been much easier for me and the prosecutor with a reference tool like Police and Military Dogs."
—Corporal Jim DeCamp, Clermont County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Department, K-9 Unit Supervisor
"If you’ve ever wondered about police protocols, forensic science and rigorous legal scrutiny associated with police and military K-9 work, you’ll find the answer inside this 333-page volume. This is not training manual or procedural guide, rather a detailed overview of challenges involved in sniffs involving vehicles, luggage, transportation facilities, hotels, mail and packages, storage areas, cargo and commercial spaces, residences, currency and schools, etc. And then there are the demands of explosives, landmine, bioweapons, accelerant and cadaver detection. Ambitious and complex, Police and Military Dogs leaves the reader with a greater appreciation of the demands and expertise expected of these handler-dog teams not only in the field but also inside the judicial environment, too."
—Ranny Green, Seattle Kennel Club
Police and Military Dogs in the Twenty-First Century
Development of Police and Military Dog Functions
Canine Biology and Behavior
Tracking, Trailing, and Scent Identification
History and Judicial Acceptance of Tracking and Trailing Evidence
Scientific Analysis of Tracking, Trailing, and Scent Identification; John J. Ensminger and Tadeusz Jezierski
Tracking and Trailing in Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions
Judicial Admissibility of Scent Lineup Evidence
Scent Lineups in Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions; John J. Ensminger and Tadeusz Jezierski
Judicial Admissibility of Canine Detection Evidence
Scientific Issues in Detection Functions
Sniffs of Luggage, Transportation Facilities, and Hotels
Mail and Package Sniffs
Sniffs of Storage Areas, Cargo, and Commercial Spaces
School Sniffs; John J. Ensminger and L.E. Papet
Explosives, Landmine, and Bioweapons Detection; John J. Ensminger, John Grubbs, and L.E. Papet
Accelerant Detection Dogs
Cadaver Dogs; John J. Ensminger and L.E. Papet
Apprehension and Rescue Functions
Suspect Apprehension and Bite Issues
Search and Rescue Dogs
Appendix A: US Police Canine Associations
Appendix B: Bibliography
Appendix C: Federal and State Cases Cited