The Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training licenses teams (a dog and a handler) to operate as as drug detection dogs and bomb detection dogs. Any dog of a certified canine team who has been previously certified as either a drug dog or a bomb dog is not eligible at any time to be certified in the other category.
CLEET's authority to license canines and their handlers has been given in Title 70 O.S. 3311:
"9. a. Certify canine teams, consisting of a dog and a handler working together as a team, trained to detect:
(1) controlled dangerous substances, or
(2) explosives, explosive materials, explosive devices, or materials which could be used to construct an explosive device;
provided, the dog of a certified canine team shall not be certified at any time as both a drug dog and a bomb dog, and any dog of a certified canine team who has been previously certified as either a drug dog or a bomb dog shall not be eligible at any time to be certified in the other category.
b. Upon retiring the dog from the service it was certified to perform, the law enforcement department that handled the dog shall retain possession of the dog. The handler shall have first option of adopting the dog. If that option is not exercised, the law enforcement department shall provide for its adoption. Once adopted the dog shall not be placed back into active service;"
Last updated/reviewed: October 23, 2012