Trackers

Tracking is described as the art of following sign left as a person walks through an area. Trackers are trained to recognize that sign left behind, rarely as simple as a well-defined footprint.

Albany County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Trackers are certified through Joel Hardin Professional Tracking Services (JHPTS). Certifications are based on the member’s demonstration of the skill, knowledge and techniques. All certifications and evaluations are performed by JHPTS staff. Though certifications are not based on number of hours, it does take dedication and many hours to become proficient at tracking.

Certifications are as follows:

  • Novice Tracker
  • Basic Tracker
  • Apprentice Tracker
  • Journyman Tracker
  • Sign Cutter

Regional Tracking Organizations: