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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

CADAVER AND SEARCH & RESCUE DOGS INVALUABLE TO DHS


 
     In Episode 32 of the Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean spy series, cadaver dogs were surreptitiously flown into Abaco, Bahamas. Their mission was to find the corpse of murdered Caribbean Basin Interdiction Force (CBIF) agent Duane Collier. The two dogs searched in the remote Caribbean Pine and Palmetto Palm forests of southern Abaco, eventually locating the body of Duane Collier and spawning a mission of revenge against the killers.
     Here is a paragraph from Episode 32:  
   
Victor switched off the cell phone and watched the two dogs zig zag from the short dock, attempting to follow up on the scent they picked up.  With noses sometimes burrowing into the sand, they trailed a straight ground indentation through the clearing into the palmetto palm and Caribbean pine forest. The dogs grew excited as they tracked the scent path where a bloody human corpse was dragged through days before. He didn't wait for Jensen to arrive, for the pair of dogs immediately began reacting in their own unique ways when a decomposing body is near. As expected, his female Blue Lacy showed avoidance- slowing down and growing cautious. Victor noted her grow nervous and raise her hackles, then attempt to leave the area. He ran up and gave the canine verbal reassurance that all was OK and encouraged her to follow him and the other dog, which showed increased enthusiasm- it charged into a small clearing in the dense forest vegetation that Victor would have easily missed if searching by himself. He hiked into the clearing and witnessed the keener dog urinating on a pile of freshly-cut palm fronds that someone laid over a pile of leaves and pine needles. Bingo! Throughout training, his male Blue Lacy routinely pissed on every human corpse it located.  

     Although the Blue Lacy breed was used for the CIA cadaver dog team, the breeds normally used are the hunting and herding breeds, including Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Border Collies. Man's best friend has more than 290,000,000 olfactory (scent) receptors in their nose, compared to only 5 million in humans. No surprise that the cadaver dog team eventually found Duane Collier's body hidden underneath palm fronds in the remote forests on Abaco!
     The Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) has roughly 1,387 canine teams deployed around the U.S. Half of these K-9 teams are deployed for human detection, 40% for narcotics detection team usage, and 10% are used for undisclosed disciplines. Several hundred more canine teams will be added in the next several years.
     The Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean spy series is "reality fiction", meaning that real-life happenings are depicted in a story format. Much research is required to write stories about current events in the espionage and counterintelligence world. For the cadaver dog writings in Episode 32, I researched "Sniffing Out Terrorism: The Use of Dogs in Homeland Security"  (Hearing before the Subcommittee On Prevention Of Management, Integration, and Oversight of the Committee On Homeland Security, House Of Representatives, 109th Congress, First Session- September 28, 2005).