109:2-7-03 Minimum standards for certification of law enforcement canine units.

(A) Pursuant to division (A)(10) of section 109.73 of the Revised Code, the commission has established minimum standards for the certification of law enforcement canine units, which include the successful completion of an examination for certification. In order to be eligible for the required certification examination the canine unit must meet the listed requirements.

(B) Patrol-related canine units;

(1) The unit must have successfully completed a training program approved by the executive director designed to prepare canine units to perform law enforcement duties. Such program must include training in those areas tested in the examination for certification,

(2) Documentation of successful completion of the training program must be provided to the evaluator before the unit is eligible to be tested for certification. Such documentation shall include

A notarized letter or certificate of completion from the trainer or other official representative of the training program attesting that the unit has been trained in all the areas which are listed in paragraph (B)(4) of this rule, and that the unit successfully met the standards of the program.

(3) The executive director may, upon request from a law enforcement agency which employs a patrol-related canine unit, consider comparable training of the canine and the handler. Such a request shall be accompanied by documentation of the training received by both the canine and the handler which must be sufficient in the aggregate to meet or exceed the minimum standards required by paragraph (B)(4) of this rule. Approval of the request shall be granted in writing and shall apply only to the unit for whom the request was filed. Should the executive director deny the request, he shall comply with the provisions of rule 109:2-7-06 of the Administrative Code.

(4) Those units which meet the minimum eligibility requirements shall be eligible to complete the examination for certification of patrol-related canine units. The certification examination shall include testing in the following areas:

(a) Obedience

(b) Building search

(c) Area search

(d) Criminal apprehension

(C) Special purpose canine units;

(1) The unit must have successfully completed a training program approved by the executive director designed to prepare canine units to perform special purpose law enforcement duties. Such program must include training in one or more of the areas which are tested in the examination for certification, as listed in rule 109:2-7-02(B)(3) of the Administrative Code.

(2) Documentation of successful completion of the training program must be provided to the evaluator before the unit is eligible to be tested for certification. Such documentation shall include

A notarized letter or certificate of completion from the trainer or other official representative of the training program attesting that the unit has been trained in one or more of the areas which are listed in rule 109:2-7-03(B)(3) of the Administrative Code and that the unit successfully met the standards of the program.

(3) The executive director may, upon request from a law enforcement agency which employs a special purpose canine unit, consider comparable training of the canine and the handler. Such a request shall be accompanied by documentation of the training received by both the canine and the handler which must be sufficient in the aggregate to meet or exceed the minimum standards required by paragraph (C) (4) of this rule. Approval of the request shall be granted in writing and shall apply only to the unit for whom the request was filed. Should the executive director deny the request, he shall comply with the provisions of rule 109:2-7-06 of the Administrative Code.

(4) Those units which meet the minimum eligibility requirements shall be eligible to complete the certification examination for special purpose canine units. Certification can be granted for one or more of the following special purposeS:

(a) Tracking

(b) Article search

(c) Narcotics detection

(d) Explosives detection

(e) Any other topic designated by the executive director

(D) All examinations shall be conducted by commission-certified evaluators in a manner prescribed by the executive director.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/01/2011 and 04/01/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: R.C. 109.74
Rule Amplifies: R.C. 109.73 , R.C. 109.75
Prior Effective Dates: 1/1/1988, 1/1/1995, 1/1/2001