Re: Probability of Detection (P.O.D.)
I know of a mathematical formula for POD but cant remember exactly were you can find it. I was taught it at a seminar but since I have never used it I have forgotten how to do it. I believe it is calculated out from PLS, using variables for weather conditions, terrain ect. We are asked to provide to our POD's to the IC all the time on any area we are assigned. Given the time of day, terrain, weather conditions, age and mental and physical condition of the subject, each handler is asked to evaluate a POD. This is not as cut and dry as it sounds. POD is too high and the handler may commit too strongly to an area and not trust their dog to clear the area and move on, thereby losing valuable time and a valuable resourse of a fresher dog. POD too low and the handler may feel that they are "wasting" valuable time in the area and either fail to cover the entire assignment or not complete their assignment in a professional and thorough manner.
POD's should be thoroughly, carefully thought out keeping mind that any area assigned is not a waste of time, there may be a low POD to your area assigned but I have seen victims do some weird and wacky things so they must be all be checked properly.
Sharon, Mom to
Lexi CGC (Cert. area search)
Neko CGC (Cert. HRD)
Justice CGC (trailing),
BOLO, Bloodhound CGC(trailing)
Titan, Shilo Shepherd (beginning area search)
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