The first statewide K-9 trainer and detection team certification program with independent scientific validation was started in 1998. A joint project of the International Forensic Science Research Institute and the National Forensic Science Technology Center works in collaboration with the Florida Highway Patrol Contraband Interdiction Program and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in addition to other partners. For more information, visit swgdog.org.
The program is intended to provide recommended scientific standards of practice for trainers and organizations while giving an additional layer of credentials to detection teams. Since 1998 it has been offered free of charge to agencies via grants and public service.