In many jurisdictions, Law Enforcement agencies are responsible for
searching for lost and missing people. All Law Enforcement agencies are meeting NIMS requirements to continue to receive
Federal Homeland Security grants. By utilizing SARDUS certification standards for dog teams, agencies are meeting NIMS
requirements. Courts are also requiring strict certification standards to allow evidence collected by dog teams to
be admissible in court.
Search Managers are responsible for the rescue or recovery of lost or missing
people. NIMS is requiring all resources to meet the same typing criteria. SARDUS provides a consistent Nation-wide
certification system where resources can be shared across jurisdiction. This eliminates the problem of self certification
and different SAR groups meeting different operation standards.
Search and Rescue Dog Organizations
Search and Rescue Dog Organizations across the country are generally
made up of Professional volunteers. These volunteers receive no compensation for the hundred of hours it takes to create
a SAR dog team, as well as purchasing their own equipment and training. A major drain on SAR dog organizations is the
testing process ,which can often take months or years due to time constraints and sometimes local politics.
SARDUS provides a certification based on performance using consistent standards and testing processes.
Search and Rescue Dog Handlers
Search and Rescue Dog Handlers are often Professional volunteers that
have given countless hours and money to create a good team. Often when an individual leaves an organization, because
most organizations are self-certifying, the team cannot bring their certification to another group. Often neighboring
jurisdictions will not recognize a certification from somewhere else thus not allowing qualified teams to be utilized to their
fullest. SARDUS provides a certification that is resource based and allows for easy cross-jurisdictional use.