PATROL CERTIFICATION - DEFINED: The demonstration of the Patrol Canine Team’s ability to perform any and all necessary functions required of a “multi-purpose” Patrol Team, to the satisfaction of the Certification Official(s) present.
HANDLER: Must be a law enforcement or correctional officer of a federal, state, county, or local agency, and must have completed 40 hours of LETS training.
CANINE: Must have completed 40 hours of LETS training with the assigned handler. NOTE: If handler and canine change and are no longer a “team” the certification is null and void.
TEAM: The handler and canine must pass the LETS Basic Obedience Skills Test, to the satisfaction of the Certification Official(s). The Certification Official(s) decision will be final.
SEMINAR REQUIREMENT: Seminar: A canine and handler shall attend, and successfully complete, forty (40) hours of LETS Patrol Dog Training each time prior to attempting LETS Certification. Many of the Skills Tests performed during a seminar, may be counted as being adequate for this test and may not need to be repeated unless directed by the Certification Official(s). Some areas of the Skills Test may be combined and conducted in one scenario and will be considered completed when observed by a Master Trainer and / or Certification Official or their designee(s) The decision of the Certification Official(s) is final.
SAFETY: Safety is paramount during all training and testing of Patrol Dogs. The Master Trainer / Certification Official conducting the LETS Patrol Dog Certification Test, prior to commencing the test, shall conduct a safety briefing. ANY UNSAFE ACT BY ANY CANINE TEAM(S) SHALL BE JUSTIFICATION FOR THE CERTIFICATION OFFICIAL(S) TO TERMINATE THE CERTIFICATION SKILLS TEST.
NOTE: At no time during any LETS Patrol Canine Skills Test will the use of any “electronic” collars be allowed.
OBEDIENCE: (In addition to the LETS Basic Obedience Skills Test) Obedience is the ability of the handler to control the canine under any given circumstances, either on leash or off leash. All OBEDIENCE demonstrations shall be done without the canine wearing any type of collar, choke chain, electric collar, or any devise. Hand signals and voice commands may be used, however, excessive corrections and commands may be justification for the Certification Official(s) to terminate the Skills Test. The Obedience Skills Test shall consist of the following as a minimum:
FLEEING SUSPECT: The Canine Team shall demonstrate their ability to apprehend and escort a suspect from the point of apprehension by the Canine Team back to the point of “Start”. The Handler must demonstrate his ability to “Apprehend” by:
NOTE: All “FLEEING SUSPECT (S)” Skills Test shall be done off leash and at no time will the Facilitators hands and arms be restrained during the exercise.
DEFENSE OF HANDLER: Is a demonstration of the Canine Team(s) to handle an incident, where, several facilitators (minimum of two), approach the Canine Team from several different directions, in a threatening manner.
SEARCH AND FIND SUSPECT:
CONTROL: Control is the Skills Test for the Canine Team to use only such force as necessary, (reasonable), to apprehend the suspect(s) in a given situation.
CEASE AGGRESSION: Cease aggression is a demonstration of the Canine Handlers ability to “RECALL” a canine after the canine has been deployed, and prior to making any contact with the facilitator.
AGILITY: Agility is the ability of the canine and handler acting as a team to negotiate a series of obstacles established by the Certification Official(s). There shall be no rules established in agility phase. The agility course may be different at each Certification site. However, the canine team shall be in such physical condition as to be able to negotiate jumps, walls, and other barriers used in an agility test. The Certification Official’s decision shall be final on the use of an obstacle course for agility testing. The agility course used during the basic obedience test section (2.0) may be counted for this portion of the test.
COURAGE: Courage is the ability of the Canine Team to perform under adverse scenarios such as gunfire, situations where unsure footing is encountered, and any other situation that may be reasonably encountered by a deployed Canine Team. At no time during a courage test shall a Canine Team be placed in unreasonable situations not encountered in “real time” situations.
CROWD CONTROL: Is the ability of the Canine Team(s) to advance on a group of people while working alone or with other canine teams while the “crowd” is acting out in a manner associated with an unruly group of citizens. During this test, the canine(s) shall remain on leash, and no contact shall be made with the “crowd.”
CONTACT: Is determined by the canine making any type of physical touching of another person or animal. During LETS Skills Test there will be scenarios established where the handler will be required to have control of the canine where contact with a “suspect”, (Facilitator), shall be forbidden. No CONTACT shall ever be made unless the handler and facilitator have established a clear understanding of what exercise is being attempted. At no time shall contact be made with the facilitator who is not wearing adequate protective gear. During the Skills Tests, the Handler will send the canine out and make “contact” with the facilitator. At such time when the Facilitator signals, the Handler shall “out” the canine. Any failure of the canine to “out” after a reasonable amount of time shall be justification to award a “SUBSTANDARD” score. The decision of the Certification Official(s) is final. NOTE: Any unusual force, (“choking out” required by the handler to “OUT” the canine) shall not be acceptable.
Certification will expire twelve (12) months after completion of Skills Tests. This expiration may be extended, (on a case by case basis), provided that a Certification Skills Test is not made available by L.E.T.S. within the twelve (12) month period covered by the certification. An additional Certification Fee will be required each time a Skills Test is conducted.
It shall be noted that all situations concerning LETS Certification Skills Tests can not be covered in this policy, due to many locations, and testing environments that are involved. However, the Certification Officials appointed by the Board of Regents are highly experienced in conducting such tests. The purpose of the Patrol Certification Skills Test is to determine the overall ability, (and reliability) of the canine team to perform any and all of the necessary functions of a “multi-purpose” Patrol Canine Team.
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