Civilian Drug Detector Dogs? Anyone doing it?
I’ve heard rumors of individuals in states where permitted, obtaining certification to perform detection services as a private individual for schools, homes (parents wondering what’s going in kids bedrooms), businesses, etc. It seem most of these individuals fall under the licensing requirements for other private security and investigation services and frequently have to work under the “umbrella” of one of these firms.
I would assume business licensing, incorporation (or at least LLC), insurance and matters of leasing your dog to your business (so if business sued or bankrupt it cannot be seized) are all areas of concern.
So, anyone doing this? Pseudo scent is legal to purchase online and frankly, having watched some scent detection training, it doesn’t appear too hard.
I live in Virginia and the state is a little anal about it all. Security businesses are strictly regulated and licensing and insurance is EXPENSIVE. There is a ton of mandatory training as well – just to get out of the gate –meaning to deploy a uniformed, unarmed guard – thing escalate in complexity and expense rapidly from there. There are already standards in place for private patrol canine certification and licensing through the Dept. of Criminal Justice Services, Private Security Services section - and the DCJS-PSS has had mandate since 2003 to regulate detector dogs as well – although it appears they haven’t run with the ball at all and have done nothing to regulate or put forth standards.
Some have offered that such as service would be a waste as many LE departments offer such service free to their community schools, cutting out one huge source of revenue. On the other hand, private schools probably don’t get the local LE benefit and in either case (as I’ve read online) civilians aren’t required to arrest and simply report to the requestor of the search – nice for schools, businesses, etc that have the legal right to search without PC but still want to have option to handle infractions “in-house.”
Anyhow, I’m looking at trying to turn the dog training hobby into something more profitable. LE canine is a very closed community and hard to break into not having come from within (K9), even with an LE background – which in my case was so long ago (over 10 years) it doesn’t count either. I’m not into the SAR thing so much as the randomness of the call-outs are not compatible with my “day job” and herding is out of the question
Thanks for any input.