National Odor Recognition Test

SACH Nic Garlie and K-9 Taylor participate in the ATF National Odor Recognition Test 2019Each year, ATF hosts a series of national canine certifications known as the National Odor Recognition Test (NORT) where police and military canine teams train on various tactical activities. The three-day test allows canine teams to showcase their odor detection and teamwork skills while actively searching out and identifying a variety of explosive compounds, ignitable liquids and gun powder-related residue. This program also serves as an opportunity for local, state, federal and military canine teams to learn new techniques from the nation’s best teams and experts in the field. 

The NORT program is part of the ATF National Canine Division, which is responsible for training the canine teams at ATF and other law enforcement agencies in explosives, firearms detection and related tactics. ATF hosts 12 NORT certifications across the country each year to accommodate an estimated 500 explosives detection canine teams.

Special Agent Canine Handler George Goodman and K-9 Bonny compete in the annual ATF National Odor Recognition Test

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For more information about the NORT certification closest to you, please contact your local ATF field office


Last Reviewed October 17, 2022