K-9 teams from across New England converge on ATF’s NORT roster this week – Live Boston
On Tuesday, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted National Smell Recognition Testing (NORT) and certification for K9 teams in New England. Massachusetts State, Boston, UMass, Transit and other police departments have partnered with ATF lead instructor Cody Monday and various other agencies including the Everett Police Department, the United States National Park Service and the Melrose Police Department who hosted the event to train and certify their K-9s.
NORT is a voluntary test to assess a canine team’s ability to detect 10 fundamental explosive odors. Congress recognizes the test as the gold standard of proficiency for effective canine explosives detection. It is used to identify training gaps in K9s, find any contamination of training aids and improve odor detection. NORT training is a way for handlers to learn best practices and work alongside other colleagues and their dogs. They can ask the experts any questions they have about explosives training and better understand their canine.
The ATF Canine Division is the primary resource for this type of training, and once completed, teams are assigned to law enforcement not only in the region and state, but also nationwide and globally. world. At Tuesday’s event, in particular, the dogs were tested to see how well they can detect explosive scents. Participants were able to learn new techniques from the best teams and experts in the country in the field.
The ATF’s National Canine Division was established in 1996 to support a variety of high-risk law enforcement operations, including bomb, arson, explosive and firearms investigations, as well as the more traditional protective search and scan responsibilities. ATF K9 trainers and ATF chemists from the ATF K9 National Division in Virginia administered the tests at Melrose on Tuesday.