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 proficiency standard the National Odor Recognition Testing Standard (NORT), 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 reducing violent crime, preventing terrorism, and protecting our nation. ATF is committed to working to investigate and reduce crime involving firearms, explosives and acts of arson.