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Ed Reyes is going to be teaching me how to train a narc dog when my pup is old enough for it, n I was wondering if there's any certification a civilian dog can take as a narcotics dog? And if I were to wanna "use her for real", what opportunities would I be able to find? Private security companies that offer narc searches? Or does local law enforcement ever have any use for it? Or is there basically no use for it other than the novelty of having trained a narc dog? Regardless of whether it's useful or not, I'd still like to certify her as a narc dog if that option is open to a civilian.
 

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I know there are private companies that provide drug detection services to different companies, schools etc. Certification is primarily for court when it involves the technicalities of search and seizure. Unless you were working as an entity of a government agency, these would not necessarily apply. Having said that, I'm not familiar with any organization that certifies civilians. The one I'm a member of does not. I'm not certain about the other police oriented agencies however.

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I looked into this as something else to do with my female. ( She is pretty much extreme all drives & has really unbelievable hunt drive.) I asked a LE friend that is in charge of the local k9 unit & he said that you can get the pseudo (sp...it's late ) narcotics to train with but to get the real thing to proof on you can't get as a civilian. He did say that if you were to find a way aroung this( & if it is possible, he didn't know what way that would be) there might be oportunites in the private security field for you to get work. So I kinda gave up on the idea, althought my LE friend said that he'd like to take & test my dog, 'cause with all he knows about her, he'd like to train her & certify her....but she's not for sale at any amount of $$$$$ to him or anyone else. I could never part with her. If anyone can find a way to do this...I'd be interested in knowing.
 

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<<<with but to get the real thing to proof on you can't get as a civilian.>>

Actually, a civilian can get a DEA license to possess schedule drugs for canine training. You have to register as a "researcher". There is some red tape that must be untangled, but it can be done. Contact you local DEA Office and request a registration form, or you can contact the DEA Office in Washington DC and request the form. You'll need to fill out the application and complete a protocol. The protocol outlines what drugs you'll need, quatities, how they will be secured, inventoried etc, custodians and what they will be used for. The DEA does waive the registration fee for law enforcement agencies. Private citizens or companies will have to pay the fee. I think it's something like $150.00, but don't hold me to that figure. The point is, it can be done.

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Thanks, David, I am going to look into it. I guess the first step would be to see if there is any abailibility for work in my area with security companies using a detection dog. Then I can go from there. Didn't do that because I was told by LE that I couldn't secure what I needed to train her for certification. Glad to know there IS a way around it. Since I have a clean record (have had a couple security checks run for employment) & have worked in the medical field for many years...I might have a better chance that the average person off the street. Thanks, again.
 
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