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Contraband detection program
Author(s): Gerry Drolet
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Paper Abstract

The mandate of the Contraband Detection Section is to identify, provide and maintain non-intrusive contraband detection equipment to enforcement field personnel. The Contraband Detection Section of the Intelligence and Anti-Smuggling Directorate isresponsible for the development and identification of various types of technology, x-ray program and the Detector Dog Service. These programs help reduce inspection time while enhancing the effectiveness of the customs examination process. Utilizing contraband detection equipment and detector dogs, enables our officers to conduct effective non-intrusive inspections and alsohelps focus on high risk people and goods which minimizes delays to legitimate travellers and commerce. Once a contraband detection technology has been identified, the section works with the manufacturer and the Laboratory and Scientific Services Directorate to further refine the product and ensure its suitability for Revenue Canada customs. Most of this work is achieved through both field and laboratory tests. When the technology has been made practical and deemed appropriate, the Contraband Detection Section is then responsible for the acquisition, installation, maintenance, standard operating procedures and program development for the systems and equipment. Training in the operation and monitoring of the equipment is also provided by the Section. The Contraband Detection Section is also responsible for the National Detector Dog Service. The National Coordinator arranges to acquire the equipment necessary to outfit a new DetectorDog unit. This includes acquisition of a suitable dog, training arrangements operational requirements of the region/district involved. The National Coordinator also provides functional guidance regarding proper utilization and maintenance of the Detector Dog Service teams.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 February 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2937, Chemistry- and Biology-Based Technologies for Contraband Detection, (17 February 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.266781
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Gerry Drolet, Canadian Customs Enforcement Directorate/Revenue Canada (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2937:
Chemistry- and Biology-Based Technologies for Contraband Detection
Pierre Pilon; Steve Burmeister, Editor(s)

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