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Drug Detection Canine Program


The Oregon State Police (OSP) Drug Detection Canine program plays an important role in helping detect illegal drug and other evidence on our highways and in local communities. Drug detection dogs are an invaluable resource on and off the highway. The Oregon State Police Drug Detection Dogs and their handlers have been instrumental in seizing Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana, other illegal drugs and stolen property.
OSP currently has seven dogs with specially trained patrol troopers strategically placed around the state. In 2017 an additional canine team will be added to the program. Their training includes an intensive drug detection handling course and a certification process to detect the odors emitting from controlled substances including cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. The dogs’ keen sense of smell is vastly superior to that of a human and therefore invaluable in conducting searches of vehicles, buildings, field, luggage and other environments and locations.
During 2015, eight OSP drug detection canines and their handlers were involved in law enforcement contacts resulting in the seizure of:
  • 53 pounds of Marijuana
  • 75 pounds of Heroin
  • 221 pounds of Methamphetamine
  • 59 pounds of Cocaine


Meet the Dogs:

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