3rd National Detector Dog Conference

Dr. Kenneth G. Furton, Professor and IFRI Director


3rd National Detector Dog Conference

“ The Expanding Role of Detection Canines in Homeland Security”

The 3rd National Detector Dog Conference was hosted by Florida International University (FIU) and held from May 19-23, 2003 at the Ramada Plaza Marco Polo Beach Resort in North Miami Beach, Florida. This conference brings together many of the world’s leading experts in the field of
detector dogs including scientists, handlers, trainers and administrators. While the emphasis for this 3rd NDDC is on the expanding role of detection canines in homeland security since 9/11/01 including explosive detector dog teams, all detector dog types are included in the conference. One major goal of this meeting is to refine scientifically sound best practices for detector dog teams with the goal of improving contraband interdiction and its defensibility in court. Invited speakers will be giving presentations and panel discussions will be held at the end of each day’s talks refining best practices.

This conference series is the first to bring together such a wide variety of detector dog program types and variety of speakers. The key features of this series include finding out what other programs are doing and discussing optimal training and deployment strategies. The primary organizers of this conference are myself, Dr. Larry Myers from Auburn University and Kevin Lothridge from the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC). Local organizers from FIU include Dr. Jose Almirall, Associate Director of IFRI, and Dr. Doug Heller, Asst. Scholar/Scientist and Administrative Manager of IFRI. The 1st NDDC was held at Auburn University on June 24-28, 1998 and included more than 20 invited speakers. The 2nd NDDC was hosted by FIU from May 22-25, 2001 and included more than 30 invited speakers and 110 participants. This 3rd NDDC includes more than 40 invited speakers and 150
participants are expected. The corporate sponsors of the 3rd NDDC are SAIC® Biosolutions™ and Makor K-9 Training Center. The primary law enforcement partners are the FIU Police Department, the Miami- Dade Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol.

Thank you for attending this conference and participating in the program.

Yours Sincerely,

Kenneth G. Furton, Ph.D., C.Chem., M.R.S.C.
Professor, Associate Dean and Director, International Forensic Research institute (www.ifri.fiu.edu)Florida International University, University Park, Miami, FL 33199,Tel: 305-348-6211; Fax: 305-348-3772

Invitation Letter NDDC 2003

Welcome Letter NDCC 2003

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