The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), National Canine Division (NCD) trains explosives and accelerant detection canines for federal, state, local and international law enforcement and fire investigation agencies. ATF is a leading source of specially trained explosives and accelerant detection canine teams. Once trained, the canine teams are assigned to local, state and other federal law enforcement agencies, as well as selected foreign countries; and regularly lend support to investigations and security efforts. Congress has recognized the National Odor Recognition Testing Standard (NORT) as the proficiency standard used by ATF as a benchmark for effective canine explosives detection.
ATF is a principal law enforcement agency within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) dedicated to preventing terrorism, reducing violent crime and protecting our nation. ATF is committed to working to investigate and reduce crime involving firearms, explosives, and acts of arson.
The Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997, PL 104-208, 110 Stat. 3009-369 § 653(a) reads: "The Secretary of the Treasury is authorized to establish scientific certification standards for explosives detection canines, and shall provide, on a reimbursable basis, for the certification of explosives detection canines employed by Federal agencies, or other agencies providing explosives detection services at airports in the United States." This authority was transferred with ATF upon the agency's move to DOJ.