Police Dog Handlers Course – Detection Operations

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Award:                       Statement of Attainment
Course Duration:      6 weeks
Location:                   Flexible

This course is specifically designed for participants employed (or seeking employment) as a Police Detection Dog Handler. The course can be delivered to either novice handlers or in a “re-team” context to experienced handlers.

Teams (dog and handler) will be trained to an agreed operational accreditation level.  As a minimum, Dog Force Australia will train teams based on the following standards which align with the Australasian Police Dog Trial standards. Both dog and handler will achieve competency in;


Full exposure and assessment to ensure the team is comfortable in a range of operational environments and stimulus likely to be encountered by a Police Detection Dog Team.


 Drug Detection Dog Teams will be fully accredited on the following narcotic odours:

  • ICE – Methyl Amphetamine / Amphetamine
  • Cannabis
  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy

Firearms and Explosive Detection Dog Teams will be fully accredited on the following odours:

  • Dynamite
  • Black Powder
  • Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil (ANFO)
  • Trinitrotoluene (TNT)
  • Sodium Chlorate
  • Semtex
  • Taggants (Icad Mandated)
  • Smokeless Powder
  • RDX
  • PETN
  • TATP
  • HMTD

Cadaver (Human Remains) Detection Dogs will be fully accredited on the following odours:

  • human tissue (in varying states of decomposition)
  • blood
  • bone

The Cadaver Detection Course will also include training at the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research (AFTER), a live “Body Farm” which is one of only seven worldwide. Handlers will experience exclusive instruction from Australia’s foremost authority on cadaver detection research, Professor Shari Forbes.

Numbers for this course is strictly limited to six participants. This course is largely delivered by practical “one on one” instruction by former canine law enforcement dog trainers. A suitably pre-trained dog is required by each participant for this course. Dogs may be provided by the participant or can be sourced by Dog Force Australia (cost additional).

The units of competency delivered are:

ACMSPE304              Provide basic care of dog

ACMGAS306              Assist with conditioning of animals.

PSPBORD303            Deploy detector dog