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Scent Kits

Scent Evidence Collection


Order Your Scent Kit


The Scent Preservation Kit® is used to pre-collect and preserve a person’s unique scent ahead of time and gives responding K-9 Units a head start during the search by providing the trailing dogs with an uncontaminated scent article. Your scent is as identifiable as your fingerprint to a trained K-9 and can last up to 10 years in our kit.
The preserved scent isn’t touched by other family members, pets, or responders. This means that K-9 Units do not have to go through the time-consuming dismissal process to determine who’s scent is actually on the article. They can begin searching immediately and with greater accuracy when every minute counts.

Everything you need to collect and securely store the scent of each family member is right in the box. Simply SWIPE the sterile gauze pad under the arms 10 times and place the pad in the specially-treated jar. Add the identification information to the label and SEAL the lid with the supplied tamper-proof tape. STORE the scent in the privacy of your home in a place away from high temps or direct sunlight. If you ever need it, you’ll have the best possible location resource to present to emergency K-9 responders.

In addition to collecting and storing a person’s unique scent, the kit now includes an Individual Preparedness Plan flash drive to store important identification information to help responders locate a missing person faster.




How Do I Get One?

To pick up a free Scent Evidence K-9 Collection Kit from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, please come to our Central Operations Building, 2500 W. Colonial Drive, and enter the lobby that faces Colonial Drive. The lobby hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Scent Kits are also available at the following substations:


Sector 1 Substation

1111 North Rock Springs Road
Apopka, Florida 32712


Sector 2 Substation

11000 Lake Underhill Road 
Orlando, Florida 32825


Sector 3 Substation

475 West Story Road 
Ocoee, Florida 34761 


Sector 4 Substation

2400 West 33rd Street 
Orlando, Florida 32839


Sector 5 Substation

6817 Westwood Boulevard 
Orlando, Florida 32821


Scent Facts

  • Your scent is like your fingerprint.

  • You can never lose your scent, forget to wear it, or take it off.

  • Scent doesn’t break or malfunction.

  • Scent preservation does not require charging or batteries like a GPS tracker.

  • Scent never loses its signal or goes out of range.

  • A Scent Kit lasts up to 10 years.




Alzheimer, Autism and Wandering

Be Prepared

For people diagnosed with a memory disorder or family members caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease, the dangers of wandering and getting lost are a major concern. The Alzheimer’s Association states that 60% or 3 out of 5 people with Dementia will wander and go missing.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the prevalence of autism in U.S. children increased by 119.4 % from 2000 (1 in 150) to 2010 (1 in 68). The American Pediatric Association states that almost 50% of these children will go missing at least once before the age of 17.
Use the included Individual Preparedness Plan Flash Drive to prefill any triggers or calming actions for responders.