Handler arrives on scene with established perimeter. K9 handler has app activated at start of shift. Upon arrival they open app, enter case/call number and starts tracking. Perimeter units and dispatch can watch real time where handler is and adjust perimeter units to increase odds of success. Along the track, evidence located can be photographed, notes added by dropping a pin on the app with time stamp and gps accuracy; with simple notes describing either evidence or other specific details. At end of a track the handler can enter what the conclusion was- a bite, no subject, civil matter, evidence recovered….or leave blank, but must end the track on the app.


Typically when a child goes missing, a utility dog responds first as they are most widely used. Track is attempted by following above steps (arrival, app status, begin track). K9 attempts and gets burnt out or has no success and additional K9 responds. Next day, a bloodhound responds to assist. They can do the same and either start where utility K9 ended, or start over. Either way a new track gets recorded on device and saved to server. Imagine that at the end of track, still no signs of missing child….upset families will pressure agencies to possibly call upon a cadaver dog to assist. Cadaver dog will also lay down a track that can be recorded and saved. Eventually, either way the outcome ends up in court, either Civil (wrongful death/lack of supervision) or Criminal (child abuse/neglect, etc). Chancetracker allows a PDF printout of the area searched detailing the exhaustive resources used to find child.


As simple as Chancetracker is designed, NO officer has the time to start the app on a traffic stop they initiate, where the driver/occupants flee on foot. That handler needs to do what they do best! Chase the fleeing subject, release their dog if they can, to help. Upon apprehension of the subject(s), handler returns to patrol car and goes to web platform of Chancetracker to “create” a simple report. Once report is open, enter the case number, start/end times of the foot chase and is then able to enter a simple conclusion (bite, found, etc). The handler can then “click” an approximate route made during this foot chase to reflect approximately where the chase started and ended, (this is the only type of scenario the handler should be making. In the event the handler fails to initiate a track prior to starting any other incident, the handler can then use this feature, but must make a notation that the track created is an approximate representation of the track).