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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

News Release

For Immediate Release

Friday, February 25, 2022
Contact: Erik Longnecker

ATF Announces National Odor Recognition Testing

PHOENIX – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering National Odor Recognition Testing on March 1-3, 2022. Training is intended for law enforcement, fire, intelligence, and military personnel who handle explosives detection canines or military working dogs. This 3-day training event conducted by ATF’s National Canine Division includes:

  • Explosives lectures.
  • Question and answer sessions with ATF canine trainers and explosives experts.
  • Explosives odor recognition training.
  • Homemade explosives (HME) imprinting.
  • Single-blind NORT testing administered by an ATF Forensic Chemist.

A media event will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Arizona State Fairgrounds located at 1826 W. McDowell Rd. in Phoenix. ATF’s Lead Instructor, Cody D. Monday, will present a short briefing about the NORT, after which members of the media are welcome to conduct secondary interviews, take photographs and/or video, and meet the canine teams from these participating agencies:

Arizona Department of Public Safety

Mesa Police Department

Arizona State University Police Department

Phoenix Police Department

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Scottsdale Police Department

Chandler Police Department

Tempe Police Department

Federal Protective Service

United States Marshals Service

Glendale Police Department

Yavapai-Prescott Tribal Police Department

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

Yuma Police Department

Members of the media are invited to contact Acting Public Information Officer Erik Longnecker by email at to confirm their attendance at the media event.

To learn more about ATF and its explosives detection canine program, go to:


Phoenix Field Division