Here is what a few have said
of his expertise
thank you for your exemplary service you have provided
Bill Hogan, Charlottetown Fire Department Fire Services
Manager, for training their accelerant detector dog and handler.
the answer to our prayers for the development of an accomplished
K9 section L.A. Smith, deputy Commissioner Law Enforcement,
Guyana Police Force
the subject you and your dog located has been charged with
numerous criminal offences, one of which is impaired driving causing
death - A/Sgt. K. Ayotte NBH Police, NCO i/c Memramcook
on behalf of myself and Kouchibouguac National Park I would
like to thank you for your assistance during the search for the above
noted persons Michel Savoie, Chief Park Warden,
Kouchibouguac National Park
I want you to know that your response is more than appreciated
by our detachment C.J. Mew, Sgt. I/C and J.P.C.
Brunette Shediac RCMP Detachment
as the result of the work performed by Mr. Grimmer and his dog
several charges are now before the court concerning this case
K. M. Fraser, Cst. RCMP Shediac
I was amazed and curious about the search you and your dog
successfully made in Shediac Cst. J.A.C.L. Beaucage,
Underwater Recovery Team Supervisor, N.B. RCMP
the fine efforts shown by your tracking dogs was of utmost
value to our case - W.D White, Sheriff, Walker County Texas
gratitude and thanks for your participation in rescuing works
in Armenia A. Rodionov, Canadian Ambassador to Canada
for Premier M.S. Gorbachov
Grimmer possess a very strong ability to relay his knowledge,
instructor is outstanding, Bill is the most motivated
instructor I have ever had, Bill was a great trainer,
best course I ever attended some remarks from
students at the Texas Narcotic Control Program 1996-
The Accelerant Detector Dog
During the past several years,
accelerant detection dogs have become commonly visible at fire scenes.
These professionally trained dogs can detect various flammable and combustible
liquid odor residues found at fires scenes. Canines have the ability
to detect these odors at low levels. The canine is a valuable tool that
can assist the fire investigator in locating these flammable and combustible
liquid odors at fire scenes.
In the mid 1980's a group of Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms
(BATF) agents started to research the possibility of using dogs to detect
the presents of flammable liquid residues at fire scenes. On May 1,
1986 the State of Connecticut Police began its first training program
with a black female Labrador retriever named Mattie. Tests proved that
she could detect 17 different odors.
There were a few detector dogs
in Canada. Tom Hutton of Ontario Fire Marshal's Office and former OPP
(Ontario Provincial Police) canine officer has trained at least three
accelerant dogs and are in use in Ontario. In Nova Scotia, Frank Savage
a former firefighter with Cole Harbour Fire Department, now a Deputy
Fire Marshal for the Province of Nova Scotia had success with his Yellow
Labrador "Major" which he informally trained and utilized.
How a detector dog is used....
Once the canine had alerted, a sample should be taken and submitted
to a laboratory for analysis and confirmation. The laboratory plays
an essential role in the detection of the presence of a flammable or
combustible liquid in the submitted sample. Without laboratory analysis,
the fire investigator is unable to determine if the sample does indeed
contain hydrocarbon residue. It is essential that laboratory analysis
is being performed on each and every sample that is taken at a fire
scene. Comparison samples should also be taken and submitted to the
laboratory for analysis. The canine is a useful tool to assist the fire
investigator in the determination of these odors a t the fire scene.
The canine should be used as a
tool and should not replace the basic investigative skills needed by
the fire investigator to determine the origin and cause of the fire.
One advantage to using the canine is that the number of samples that
are taken at a fire scene can be reduced thus reducing the cost of sample
At this time there is no set of
national standards for canine accelerant detection dogs and handlers.
Standards are currently being developed as part of National Fire Prevention
Association (NFPA) NFPA 921. If the canine does alert, then a sample
can be taken from that area for analysis. The canine can decrease the
time that it takes an investigator to process the scene.
Presently the CADA (Canine Accelerant
Detection Association) have standards and perform certifications in
Canine accelerant detection dogs
have proven themselves as a useful tool to assist the fire investigator.
Utilizing an accelerant detection dog as part of your fire investigation
can easily be achieved. We offer the use of a certified accelerant detection
dog on a nationwide basis. The accelerant dog and the handler can be
called to support your Special Investigation Unit investigators or other
private fire investigators already on the scene.
SAVE TIME - SAVE MONEY
Utilizing an accelerant
detection dog is a time saving and money saving tool that should be
used by fire investigators on a regular basis. Once you have seen an
accelerant detection dog work at a fire scene, you will realize the
important role that these canines play in fire scene analysis.
Bill Grimmer has trained the first
such detector dog in Atlantic Canada. Working and training with the
Shediac Municipal Fire Department the dog is available on a user fee
basis to other fire departments, fire investigators and insurance adjusters
in the Atlantic area.
BGMDT's dog is a Labrador Retriever
named "FLAME". Flame was the product of a local Moncton breeder
"Haddondale Kennels" and was aptitude tested by Bill when
only 8 weeks old. She began her initial (first level) training at 13
weeks of age and can easily detect the presence of hydrocarbons at fire
To learn more about the services and training of the BGMDT K9 accelerant
Phone: (506) 532-8852, Fax: (506) 532-6368 or contact by E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The LSD Detector (2000-2013)
Only 18 pounds and 10 inches high
and he could find LSD anywhere. Just LSD? ...Not likely! Tengu a diminutive
Shiba Inu (Japanese breed dog) could locate marijuana, heroin, cocaine
, methamphetamine and Amphetamines. In fact, in 1996 he was certified
by the Texas Police K9 Association.
The Texas Police K9 Association
is a major certifying agency in the State for law enforcement K9's.
It has members from State police, municipal ,city police and federal
agencies such as the Border Patrol. The testing official said identical
statements when Tengu went in the room and when he left the room. He
said, "That dog can find drugs?" upon entering the testing
area and he said it again with an exclamation rather than a question
mark when the dog was finished.
Tengu was tested along with 12
other police dogs and was one of only 5 that certified on all drugs.
Rooms and cars have drugs surreptitiously placed in areas designed to
confuse the handler and the teams have a time limit to find them. Not
only was Tengu the smallest competitor among the Labradors, Shepherds
and Malinois but was also one of the youngest. At only 7 months old
he was by far the youngest "certified" narcotic detector dog
He also claimed the distinction
of being the only LSD detector dog in Canada and perhaps the USA at
that time. Training to detect LSD was not done in the past because the
substance is so dangerous to use. Chemical effects of a micro-dot can
be absorbed through the skin and be disastrous to the animal. The SIGMA
Chemical Company in St. Louis Missouri selected Bill to work with a
drug dog training aid they developed called "pseudo LSD".
The product, while safe to dogs, mimics the actual odor that real LSD
emanates thereby allowing safe training conditions. Bill and Tengu worked
with the new formula and then tested on real Lysergic Acid Diethylamide.
The stuff worked, Tengu had proven to be able to locate quantities as
small as 5 micro-dots hidden in cabinets, books and vehicles.
Why a small, friendly, "cute"
dog to detect drugs and firearms? Bill decided it was time to train
a small non-intrusive dog to detect contraband for use by private industry
as well as law enforcement agencies. A small dog can travel easier,
get into small confined spaces more comfortably and best of all, be
accepted by the public. Besides training and teaching Bill's work entails
contraband searches on offshore oil rigs, remote lumber camps and retail
businesses and working with a big scary dog can be contra-productive.
A dog like Tengu is accepted by adults and children alike and schools
can use such a dog with positive results and acceptance.
Bill has been working with the
United States government through the Texas Narcotic Control Program
since 1993. His pilot project there has developed over 105 narcotic
detector dog teams with various law enforcement agencies in the State.
Working from the Fort Worth located Tarrant County Criminal Justice
Center dogs and their handlers attend special training modules designed
to teach the dogs exceptional detection capabilities. From time to time,
dogs brought from Canada by Grimmer are tested along with the resident
teams for their abilities. By 1995 the project has amassed over 13 million
($13,000,000) in assets and narcotic related seizures.
Presently, there is in excess
of 155 metric tons of cocaine and 23 metric tons of heroin seized worldwide
per year and the street prices have dropped to less than $100. Per gram.
There is a lot of money at stake in narcotics and it is thought that
almost 70% of the illicit trade destined for the Canadian-US market
enters through the Texas-Mexican borders.
Educators agree that information
is the best way to curb the use of killer drugs and interdiction at
the school level necessary to protect our youth. More and more school
districts are developing protective plans to find and rid schools and
impressionable young children of drug temptations. One of the best eradication
techniques involves the use of detector dog teams working in the schools.
These teams are privately contracted, police arranged or "in-house"
operations and either way competent dogs are needed.
A concern of the school districts,
parents and students is the perceivable image that detector dog teams
makes, small, friendly dogs are always better accepted. New "in-house"
school programs have the students themselves handling the detector dogs
as a resident mascot.