In September 2005, after 25 years of working in military, federal, and municipal law enforcement, Franco Angelini retired. His career as a K9 Handler and Trainer began in the US Army as a Sgt. and Military Police K9 officer in 1984. After the military he moved on to work for the United States Secret Service (Uniform Division) from 1986 to 1988. Finally after the secret service Franco became a K9 Handler/Trainer for the Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) Police Department where he retired in 2005. In conjunction with being a K9 Handler and Police Officer for The City of Harrisburg, he also instructed at Castle's K9 Inc. After retiring from the police force in 2005 Franco worked full-time as the lead instructor at Castle's K9 Inc.
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Franco has been running his decoy class since 1994 and at the conclusion of 2015, The "K9 Bite Dr." will achieve a milestone by graduating an excess of 2,000 students! He has and continues to work with private companies, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and with military/special operation units on a national and international level. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Franco now concentrates all of his efforts on educating students in the art of decoying-helper work so that handlers may be able to attain their goal of becoming accomplished handlers, proficient trainers, and professional decoys. The K9 Bite Dr. Decoy Seminars have been held nationally as far north as New Hampshire, as far South as Florida, and as far West as Hawaii, covering 25 states in between. Internationally Franco has hosted seminars in Canada, Australia, and England.
K9 BITE DR.
Jerry Bradshaw is Training Director & President of Tarheel Canine Training, Inc. (tarheelcanine.com) in Sanford, North Carolina. Jerry is the co-founder, executive director, International Regional Director, and director of judging for The Protection Sports Association (www.psak9.org) as well as a founding director and evaluator of the National Tactical Police Dog Association (tacticalcanine.com) known as NTPDA.
Jerry has been training dogs for competitive protection sports since 1991, been a member of IPO sport clubs and the training director of Tarheel Canine PSA one of the most successful PSA clubs in the country. Jerry has competed in National Championship trials in both IPO and PSA winning several championships. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Tarheel Canine Training, Inc. is a NC Department of Agriculture Licensed Boarding Facility, we are DEA and ATF and NC DHR Licensed for police K9 training activities. Tarheel Canine is registered with the Department of Defense as a contractor in the CCR database and in the ORCA database. We hold one the 5 small business awards for the Department of Homeland Security Wide Canine Contract. Tarheel Canine is an A+ Rated and Accredited Company with the BBB of Eastern North Carolina.
TARHEEL CANINE TRAINING
Scott Clark, Owner and Founder of High Drive K-9, has been a Police Officer for the City of Coral Springs Police Department, Broward County, Florida since January 1999. Since 2001, he has been assigned to the K-9 Unit where he currently serves as an active K-9 Handler & Head Trainer. He has been working and training patrol and detection dogs since 2002. He is a current certified State of Florida FDLE K-9 Team Instructor and FDLE K-9 Team Evaluator.
In addition, Scott is the K-9 Unit Head Trainer, Multi-Jurisdictional K-9 Head Trainer, SWAT K-9 Team Leader, Trainer and SWAT K-9. Scott has a vast knowledge in Canine Behavior, Decoy Development, Bite Building, K-9 Tactics, K-9/SWAT Tactics and has countless K-9 & SWAT Deployments.
HIGH DRIVE K-9
Mr. Devaney has been involved in the training of police service dogs since August of 1980 at the Public School’s Police Department in Albuquerque New Mexico. In March of 1991, Mr. Devaney took a position of Chief of Instruction for the Alabama Canine Law Enforcement Officers Training Center, a division of Shelton State Community College, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. While there, he wrote the curriculum and standards leading to this program becoming one of the first college accredited schools in canine law enforcement. In May of 1992, Mr. Devaney took his current position as the Canine Training Coordinator for the Border Patrol National Canine Facility, now called the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Canine Program. In this capacity, Mr. Devaney has served as the principal author of the original Border Patrol and current CBP canine training programs in multiple disciplines. Mr. Devaney holds the position of Master Trainer and Education Committee Chairman for the North American Police Work Dog Association and is a two-time recipient of the Master Trainer of the Year Award in 2007and 2016.
CBP CANINE PROGRAM
Dave Dourson is the Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Kinetic Performance Dog Food. Dave has 30 years of experience in various blue-water business ventures that focused on filling a “need” that, many times, in the corporate world, were overlooked by CFO’s that focused on profit over quality. Dave and his partner, John Howard, met while working for a large, mid-west based, pet food company in 2009. With a desire to focus on animal health over profitability, the two left corporate America and started their own company in 2011. The pair spend countless hours working with various kennels across the United States on K9 nutrition and conducting nutritional seminars. Dave has conducted seminars for various divisions of the DoD, Homeland Security, USSS, Military Divisions and numerous State and Local PDs.
KINETIC DOG FOOD
Ricky Farley has owned and operated the Alabama Canine Law Enforcement Officer’s Training Center since 1992. He has had the privilege of training police service canines for over 28 foreign countries as well as over 1500 police departments inside the United States.
Over his 21-year career, Mr. Farley has trained canines in areas of narcotics, explosives, accelerant, and cadaver detection as well as apprehension.
Matt spent over a decade in the US Army spending a cumulative time of two and a half years fighting and leading anti-terrorism missions in both high and low intensity areas of hostility.
Matt retired from the Army and took the position is 2IC of a Special Units Procurement and Training K9 Program at the largest Defense Contractor Kennel in the United States where he was responsible for selecting and exposing top tier canines to elements of more complicated and high risk type operations his target clients would be shortly operating in around the globe.
Matt is currently a sworn K9 Handler in North Carolina whose main responsibilities are to maintain 7 local K9 units In-service training and respond to high risk call outs for local and fugitive recovery teams within his jurisdictional boundaries.
Matt is the president of DNA K9, LLC where he frequently travels overseas to hand-select dogs for police and military units. Matt runs a highly Advanced Handler School exposing new and Veteran handlers to not only real world scenarios he has first-hand experience with but also provides the knowledge of how to train a green dog the street certification during the course which is not offered by any other kennel in the Southeast region of the United States.
Matt has been a mentee of several world-renowned and respected trainers and specializes in cultivating true man aggression as well as high angle operations and insertions with K9 units.
That prides himself to always being available to K9 handlers considers it an honor to be contacted in order to support in any capacity the unit's mission.
DNA K9 LLC
Ray Herndon has approximately 25 years of law enforcement experience. He served as a city police officer and Sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina as well as dedicated many years of service to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He retired from full time service in North Carolina in April of 2015 and is currently employed as an Agent for the Meridian Police Department Criminal Interdiction Team in Meridian, Mississippi. He has been actively involved in full time highway criminal interdiction since 2001. He is a certified canine handler and his responsibilities specifically include exposing the various criminal elements that exploit and seek refuge within the transportation industry. Ray has made numerous apprehensions and successful prosecutions of individuals involved in many types of criminal activity to include drug smuggling, cargo theft, equipment theft and more. Ray has simultaneously been involved in the commercial motor vehicle industry since 1986. He not only drives commercial motor vehicles but actually owned a small fleet of commercial motor vehicles that operated throughout the continental United States. He has been involved in many types of transportation operations such as refrigerated goods, dry freight, cargo tanks and more. He has an intricate industry knowledge that has been beneficial in his law enforcement career. This parallel experience has given Ray the unique opportunity to teach law enforcement officers nationwide about the transportation industry and how it is commonly exploited. In 2011, Ray founded Diamondback Training, LLC which is a program designed to train law enforcement officers in fully understanding the transportation industry, how it operates and how to recognize when it is being exploited for criminal gain. Ray has also partnered with select transportation industry officials to educate and develop “best practices” to minimize exploitation of their equipment, thus encouraging partnerships between law enforcement and the transportation industry. Ray is responsible for the seizure and removal of approximately 70 million dollars worth of contraband from the Interstate Highway system. His largest single marijuana seizure to date is 4000 lbs. His largest single cocaine seizure to date is 220 kilograms. He has testified numerous times in the state and federal court systems. He has also been accepted in both state and federal court systems as an expert witness in criminal interdiction cases
DIAMONDBACK TRAINING LLC
Bradley Gillespie has been handling and training working dogs for 20 years. He has trained Police and Military dog teams globally. Brad is currently employed as a handler trainer with the second largest Police K9 program in Canada where he specializes in patrol, tactical team integration and Explosive Detection. Brad is the Ontario Director for the Canadian Police Canine Association and has been the SME for several international K9 research projects. Brad considers himself a lifelong student of the game and believes in a foundation of objective evidence in terms of training whenever possible. He is continually striving to better train operationally reliable K9 teams through training programs that are repeatable, reliable, fundamental, teachable and learnable.
Jim is a 31-year police veteran canine handler/trainer who has been involved in the blasting industry since the 1980s. He works in the Science and Technology Field and is involved in explosives research. He has worked throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Ljunggren was an Explosives Odor Detection canine handler and deployed at the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013. He is the Homemade Explosives and Post Blast instructor for the Massachusetts Department and Fire Services Training Program.
Dr. Stephen Mackenzie holds a Ph.D. in the genetics of behavior from Cornell University. He is currently a Professor in the Animal Science Department at the State University of New York at Cobleskill, where he teaches Genetics, Behavior Problems of Companion Animals, Domestic Animal Behavior, Canine Training, Care and Training of the Working Dog, and Canine Aggression. He has been a Deputy Sheriff for Schoharie County Sheriff's Office for over twenty years, serving as their K-9 handler and trainer for seven years. He is rated a Master Trainer of utility, cadaver, narcotics and wildlife detection dogs by NAPWDA (North American Police Work Dog Association), is an executive board member of NorthEast Wilderness Search and Rescue, Inc., was the founding president of the New York State Canine Association and is the author of Decoys and Aggression: A Police K-9 Training Manual, Aggression Control: How to Teach the “Out”, and Police Officer’s Guide to K9 Searches. “Doc” is a Nose Work Trial Judge for the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW), a court recognized expert in animal behavior at both the state and federal levels in both criminal and civil cases, and a frequent instructor at police and search and rescue dog seminars across the United States and Canada.
STEPHEN A. MACKENZIE
Jim is the owner of NC K9 LLC in Stantonsburg NC. Jim has been handling and training police canines since 2005. Jim served as a police officer in New Hampshire for 15 years and handled two police canines during that time. Since moving to North Carolina in 2014, Jim has trained police canine handlers and military canine handlers from all over the United States and several foreign countries. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
NC K9 LLC specializes in providing trained police canines and handlers courses to Law Enforcement. Jim also conducts decoy, tracking, detection, and problem solving seminars to enhance your canine unit.
NC K9 LLC
JC Richardson started a career as a Deputy Sheriff for Wicomico Co Sheriff’s Office in Maryland in 1998. Shortly after he was given a chance to enter the K-9 unit. Since 1999 to present he has worked 4 dual purpose patrol/ Narcotic dogs. In 2007, JC became a master trainer and took over the training duties for the 8 K-9 Teams for the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit. Since 2007 JC has expanded the monthly maintenance training to approx. 30 K-9 Teams from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. In 2015, JC started Delmarva K-9 LLC to provide police K-9’s to departments throughout the country. Delmarva K-9 currently has dogs working in many local departments. JC has been qualified as an expert in Maryland and Federal Courts systems. ⠀
• President and Master Trainer at Excel K9 Services Inc. established in 2001. Excel K9
Services Inc. provides police service dogs to public and private agencies and organizations. Excel K9 also provides Explosive Detection Teams to stadiums, arenas, marathons, cooperate events, amusement parks around the country. We also provide Narcotics / Firearms Detection Teams at drug treatment facilities, schools and private businesses. Excel K9 Services Inc. currently has 6 full time and 21 part-time employees.
• NAPWDA Master Trainer in the areas, Utility, Narcotics and Explosives Detection
• OPOTC Canine Evaluator
• Guest instructor on Police Service Dogs and Training Technics / Practices at seminars
across the country to include guest instructor in four different countries.
• Retired Sergeant from the CMHA Police Department (Cleveland, Ohio)
• Attended S.K.I.D.D.S (SWAT and K9 Officer Working Together)
• Graduate of Police Executive Administrative Leadership School
• Graduate of SWAT Operators School and served as supervisor of full time team
• Expert Witness in Court on Police Service Dog Training and Tactics related to detection and
Use of Force.
• Valor Award Recipient
EXCEL K9 SERVICES INC.
Don Slavik is the Executive Director of the United States Police Canine Association. He was a twenty-two-year canine handler and trainer for the St. Paul Police Canine Unit, where he trained all facets of canine ideologies.
After retiring from St. Paul, Don went to work for ATF as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in animal psychology, olfactory capabilities, training methodologies, and behavioral patterns using food and play rewards to achieve or shape canine behavior. He instructed courses for ATF Special Agents, U.S. Federal Agencies, canine teams from several countries, and State and Local Law Enforcement. Don also taught at ATF’s National Odor Recognition Test (NORT) and predeployment classes for military branches imprinting new explosives and testing canine teams in scenario-based exercises.
Following ATF, Don became a Department of State employee as an SME in canine methodology monitoring training, deployment, and evaluation of canines contracted to the Department of State in Iraq. He reported directly to the highest Regional Security Officers at the Embassy any discrepancies involving canines used to defend the Embassy from person and vehicle explosive IED’s.
Don is a Canine Expert Witness and testified in City, State, and Federal Courts. In the United States Police Canine Association, he is a Level III Trainer, National Judge, and Past National President.
UNITED STATES POLICE CANINE ASSOCIATION
Ted has been involved in Police Working K9's for over a decade. His specialties are grip work and development, patrol and utility work and proper decoy work, detection training and K9 policy and case law. Ted acts as the training director for our PSA club and is a certified trial decoy. Ted teaches decoy, handler schools and our SWAT/SORT integration seminars for Torchlight K9 as well as our decoy camp for police service trainers and handlers and does numerous camps for military special operations. Currently, Torchlight K9 is the only private company in Oklahoma with CLEET Accredited courses in K9. Ted is also one of the co-hosts on working dog radio and Co-own's HRD Police K9; a scenario based training company for police K9 handlers.
Todd is a former special operations (tier 1) bomb technician and explosive materials expert. He has identified/disposed of/decommissioned several thousand bombs (IED to nuclear). He has done additional work with several USG agencies as a subject matter expert, project manager and operations. Todd is an adjunct professor at New Mexico State University where he lectures and instructs on explosive identification, detonation and disposal. Mr. Wilber is the founder and President of Precision Explosives, LLC.
Dave brings 25 years of canine training from a diverse background of European dog sports and law enforcement. He has competed in law enforcement canine competitions prior to his service as a police officer. As a civilian handler/trainer Dave would place 1st in these competitions. Dave has worked with and trained handlers and canines for US military contracts, NSA, Military Special Ops, FBI and various law enforcement agencies across the world. His dogs and teams are responsible for many high profile cases from drug seizures to apprehensions. Dave offers on and off site training for cadaver, narcotics, explosives detection as well as all patrol duties at his facility or your location. His company offers single and dual purpose canines pre-trained or selection tested.
TRI-STATE CANINE SERVICES
John Brannon's career in law enforcement spans a 24 year period with the last 22 years have been spent as a K-9 officer working 5 dual purpose Police Service Dogs. For approximately 20 years, John was employed by the Coral Springs Police Department, Broward County, Florida where he was responsible for all of the day to day operations of the K-9 Unit, from involvement in budgetary issues, the selection of canines, training and instruction of the canines and handlers, to the actual deployment of canine teams. Additionally, while with Coral Springs, John was an active Special Response Team member and the S.R.T. canine team leader.
SHALLOW CREEK KENNELS
Nick is a 17-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police and is currently a Sergeant assigned as the Patrol Section Supervisor for Troop R Blooming Grove. In July of 2013, Nick was selected to be a Trooper in the Department’s first full time team dedicated to Criminal Interdiction and was assigned to SHIELD East. In June of 2014, he was promoted to Corporal and assigned as the SHIELD East Supervisor until July of 2017. Throughout his career, Nick has personally seized from cold stops over 1.3 Million in US Currency, 693 pounds of Marijuana, 15 pounds of Cocaine, 5 pounds of Heroin and 23 fabricated hidden compartments primarily on the I-80 Corridor.
Nick has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and over 600 hours of Continued Education in the area of Criminal Interdiction. Since the inception of the SHIELD Teams, Nick has taught Passenger Vehicle Indicators and Hidden Compartment Detection as part of the SHIELD program to numerous members of his Department. Nick has also taught on behalf of MAGLOCLEN, the Luzerne County Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Office, the 2017 Pennsylvania Narcotic Officers’ Association Conference and the 2017 National Interdiction Conference.
NICHOLAS A. CORTES
PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE
Currently Assistant Team Leader and Medic for his agency's SWAT Team. Prior to his 14 years in Law Enforcement, Scott had a 15 year career in Fire/Rescue, EMS, HazMat and Technical Search & Rescue, including a member of FEMA PA TF-1. Scott also teaches Tactical Medicine and Active Shooter Response outside of his Police Agency
I am a retired 28 year police veteran with over 30 years of dog training experience and 16 years as a police dog handler. I have authored two books, "Dog Training For Law Enforcement" and "K9 Officers Manual" and been involved in the development of a number of video productions for law enforcement K9 training. In 1988 I was appointed to the B.C. Police Commission's committee to create minimum police dog training standards for law enforcement agencies in the province of British Columbia. I was appointed by the World Police & Fire Games Committee of California to coordinate the competition site for the World Police & Fire Games Police Dog Championships, held in Vancouver, BC in 1989. In 1991 I created and developed the International Police K9 Conference in an attempt to bring a professional training seminar to officers which was not politically oriented or specific to any particular style of training. The intent was to support all officers in methods which meet their specific needs. I have also authored articles and columns in such periodicals as Police Magazine, Law and Order, Police and Security News, Finland's Rottweiler Magazine, The Police K9 Recruiter and Offlead Magazine from Australia. Past contributing editor for Police K9 Magazine. In 2003 I was contracted by the Phoenix Police Department to assist them in re-developing their K9 Unit. New training methods were introduced, new dogs were purchased and a 13 week program commenced that included the introduction of the tracking profile for this agency. Under the direction of Commander Steve Cambell, Lt. Rob Handy, Sgt. John Collins and Sgt. Trent Crump a custom program was developed. In October 2005 I conducted training in Brazil, where at the request of the United States Government I assisted in the development and training of officers for Brazil’s first explosives dog program. I am a POST Certified Instructor for the State of California and teach Police K9 Unit Management for the California Peace Officers Association twice annually. I retired with my last posting being with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia working international organized crime projects. Currently I operate my own business, Eden Consulting Group as a law enforcement consultant.
KATS K9 PLATINUM
Over 20 years handling and training K9’s including the LAPD Metropolitan Division, SOF Community and ATF SRT.
26+ years’ Working dog experience,
22yrs of which seen continuous canine operations in hostile environments; 8yrs directing canine programs in support of high-profile government organizations including the US Department of State and the Department of Defense in Iraq and Afghanistan. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
15 years of continuous canine operations in Northern Ireland deployed with the British Military Army Dog Unit, during some of the most challenging & hostile times in its history; completing 2,342 recorded operational detection tasks, against live devices.
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Paul completed 6yrs as a working dog adviser in support of the British Government Defense Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) and more recently worked alongside Auburn University`s Canine Research & Development Program on various US Canine Defense & Research projects.
Paul had recently returned from briefing the EU Working Dog Commission (representatives of 22 – countries) on Body-worn Explosive K9 Detection.
VAPOR WAKE K9
John is Co-Owner and Co-Founder of 3-Amigos Nutrition Group and Kinetic Performance Dog Food. John has nearly 30 years experience in Sales, Marketing and Animal Nutrition and formerly managed the Pet Food Division of a large animal nutrition company. An owner and amateur bird dog trainer, John has been directly entrenched in nutrition for working and sporting dogs for more than a decade. John oversees all the Marketing and Nutrition activities for 3-Amigos and the Kinetic brand. When he’s not in the field with his Labrador Retrievers, you’ll most likely find him working on new products, managing ad campaigns or writing Nutrition articles for working and sporting dog publications.
KINETIC DOG FOOD
SMSGT, USAF (Ret) Kenneth Licklider is the owner/operator of Vohne Liche Kennels, Inc (VLK), a Service Disabled Veteran owned company headquartered in Denver, Indiana, with additional facilities in California and Holland.
VLK is widely known as the premier Private Canine Training Facility and Detection Service Provider in the world and has been providing superior service for the past twenty-six (26) years.
VOHNE LICHE KENNELS
Mr. Morris started his Law Enforcement career in 1995 when he graduated from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. After graduation he worked for several municipal police departments in Central Pennsylvania until he was hired by Penn State Police Department- Harrisburg in Oct 1998.
While working for Penn State Police Department as a Police Officer, Mr. Morris was assigned several roles within the department to include Firearms Instructor, Use of Force Instructor, Hazardous Materials Technician and Officer in Charge during the Chief’s absence. In 2003 he was afforded the opportunity to be trained as a FBI certified Bomb Technician by attending the Hazardous Devices School located at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. Upon graduation he served as the units Bomb Squad Commander.
He remains an active Pennsylvania Police Officer working for Washington Township Police Department on a part-time basis.
Mr. Morris joined the Department of Homeland Security/Transportation Security Administration in October 2007 as a Supervisory Explosive Specialist. He was responsible for providing assistance to Supervisory Transportation Security Officers (STSO) during the alarm resolution process, responsible for conducting constant training to the entire screening workforce on all topics associated with IED’s, Explosives, and Terrorist Trade Craft, and was a liaison between the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and all other local Government and State Agencies dealing with IED’s, Explosives, and Terrorist Trade Craft. He had oversight for a unit of 7 Explosive Specialists.
Mr. Morris has been a Security Specialist with the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT), Region III since 2000. He was deployed to the Flight 93 crash site in Somerset, Pennsylvania for several weeks following September 11, 2001.
Mr. Morris is the Founder and President of Tripwire Operations Group, LLC. Tripwire is an ATF licensed Explosive Importer, Exporter, Dealer and Manufacturer. They hold a Federal Firearms License as a Manufacturer of Destructive Devices. Tripwire provides premier training dealing with energetic materials as well as K-9 and other Military/Law Enforcement Courses.
Mr. Morris holds a blasters license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the ATFE Advanced Explosive Destruction Techniques Course, ATFE Underwater Explosive Recovery Specialist Course, AT Solutions Underwater Explosive Search Course, FBI Post Blast Investigations Course, TEES Basic and Advanced Explosive Entry Techniques Course, Basic Electronics for IED Course, USMC CBIRF WMD Explosive Ordinance Disposal Seminar and the FBI Robotics Course.
Mr. Morris has received numerous awards to include the Red Cross Meritorious Lifesaving Award and has been recognized by the F.BI. for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest.
Mr. Morris is a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #78, National Tactical Officers Association, International Society of Explosive Engineers, Pennsylvania Narcotic Officers Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association, and Masonic Lodge #143.
TRIPWIRE OPERATIONS GROUP
Marty Mahon is a police sergeant with the South San Francisco Police Department, located in Northern California. He has been a canine handler for 18 years and is currently the head trainer of the canine unit, which consists of 7 dual-purpose canine teams. Marty and his canine are assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration, San Francisco Field Division, where he is responsible for drug interdiction and investigations of drug trafficking organizations. Marty specializes in drug trafficking, canine detection, canine unit supervision and the use of canines at the Federal level. Marty is a canine evaluator for the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST), and the California Narcotics Canine Association (CNCA). Marty also trains canine teams in Northern California in patrol and detection. Marty is the owner and head trainer for Trident K9 Consulting, where him and his team train law enforcement K9 Teams in Northern, California.
Jason is the Training Director and owner of Highland Canine Training, LLC which was founded in 2006 and is located in Harmony, North Carolina. Having earned his Police Canine Instructor’s Certification in 2003, Jason has been training dogs for over 25 years. He has trained canines in the areas of Narcotics Detection, Explosives Detection, Human Detection, Police Patrol, Scent Discrimination Tracking / Trailing, Termite Detection, Mold Detection, Human Remains Detection, Allergen Detection, Bat Guano Detection, Urban Disaster, Wilderness Search and Rescue. Jason has trained over 900 working dogs and handlers for detection, police patrol and search and rescue. Jason’s work in the K9 detection training and patrol dog training has qualified him as a subject matter court expert.
Jason has been a sworn Police Officer since 1995 and served Reidsville Police Department in North Carolina for over 10 years as a Police Canine Handler, a K9 Unit Supervisor, Vice Narcotics/Interdicition Unit Supervisor and an Operator on the SWAT team. Using his professional background, Jason conducts police canine handler courses and seminars throughout the United States including Police and Military personnel at NASA and the Pentagon as well as for Special Forces units of the United States Military and for foreign Military and Police Departments. Jason has been an Instructor/Speaker at national and international K9 conferences for several years. Additionally, Jason provides oversight of all other trainers’ courses offered at Highland Canine Training, LLC.
HIGHLAND CANINE TRAINING
Justin has over 25 years of professional dog training experience and was a Law Enforcement Officer for 17 years. He spent 10 years as a K-9 handler and trainer. His unique background and experience in civilian dog training and as Police service dog training sets him a part from other trainers in his field.
Justin’s passion for dog training is evident. He has assisted thousands of pet dog owners in enhancing their relationship with their dogs, bridging the gap of communication with their beloved four legged family members. Justin utilizes a proven, reliable, humane and clear, real world training system, which produces results and a dog who knows its job and loves its job. During his Law Enforcement career, Justin was fortunate enough to have been able to work three patrol dogs. Justin is a former member of the Davie Police Department and their K‐9 unit where he was a handler for K‐9 “Vader”, a Belgian Malinois who was produced from his own breeding program.
Going from watching Vader take his very first breath in life, to becoming a productive K-9 partner was extremely rewarding. K-9 “Bosko”, an all black GSD (German Shepherd Dog) was responsible for hundreds of arrests and apprehensions of violent felony offenders and has been instrumental in the recovery of numerous articles of valuable evidence. Post retirement, Bosko obtained his Brevet in French Ring sport. His last patrol dog K‐9 "Zeke" is a sable GSD who has been raised from a puppy by Justin and his wife Alison. Zeke was a proven, vigilant and tenacious police service dog during his career. Most notably defending his handler during a deadly force encounter and officer involved shooting. Zeke will continue to work and compete in civilian dog sport.
Justin was a Corporal and trainer for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, which had 60 dogs department wide. During his professional dog training career he has trained with hundreds of Police K‐9 teams, competed in Schutzhund, Ring Sport and other dog sports. He has also trained dogs for celebrities, professional athletes and thousands of pet dog owners. Justin graduated and has been awarded a diploma in the NePoPo Gold training system, the modern language of dog training by Bart Bellon.
K9 SERVICES UNLIMITED
Current Board-certified Emergency Room Physician at Pocono Medical Center. EMS Director for multiple EMS agencies, current Physician for Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department SWAT team, and Tactical Combat Care instructor. Prior to current position was SERT team physician for Stanly County Sheriff Department in Albemarle, NC. Urban Search and rescue certified. Passions include Tactical Medicine and Prehospital Medicine.
Eric is the owner and head trainer of VanEss K9 Academy LLC, and cohost of the @working_dog_radio podcast. Eric is a 23 year veteran of law enforcement. His current assignment is as the full-time K9 trainer for a busy K9 unit as well as the Training Director of the @policek9association , which consists of 40 K9 teams. Eric handled 4 dogs on the streets to include as a member of a busy, inner city swat team. Eric spent several months training dogs for Naval Special Warfare Group 1 in Coronado, California. His specialty is large group scenario based K9 training where he puts dogs and handlers through very realistic, and often very challenging, scenarios with the main goal of creating a team that will succeed on the street and go home safely. Eric and his training can be found on Instagram at @vanessk9
VANESS K9 ACADEMY
Aaron served six years in the Marine Corps in both the Infantry and Diplomatic Security. Aaron then went into Law Enforcement in the Northern Virginia region where he served 15 years with time in patrol, community policing, narcotics, full-time SWAT, SWAT K9 and patrol K9. During his tenure in law enforcement, Aaron went back to school full-time at night and earned a bachelor’s degree in security studies from The George Washington University.
Aaron then started a veteran owned and operated business - Ridgeside K9, LLC while still working as a patrol K9 on the midnight shift. Ridgeside K9 started as a small, family-based operation focusing on rehabilitating dogs with behavior problems. Ridgeside K9 grew expeditiously in the DC metro area due to word of mouth. Within 18 months Ridgeside K9 grew to boarding, board and trains, dog sales, private lessons, and coast to coast transports. Ridgeside K9 also partnered with Activpower Inc. to create new K9 products. Within two and a half years Ridgeside K9, LLC bypassed its 20 year goal of growth and revenue. In August 2018 Aaron decided to leave law enforcement and focus solely on Ridgeside K9 and its continued growth.
Howard is a civilian police K9 trainer located in Shelby NC. From a young age, he had a passion for working dogs, along with a hunger to learn. This passion put him on a path to assist with training police and protection dogs with an acquaintance at a neighboring county Sheriff’s Office. Also on that path was an opportunity to become familiar with the sport dog world. As his knowledge, experience and love of working dogs grew, that path eventually led him to his local police department in Shelby NC. He was offered a job to be a civilian police K9 trainer and for over 25 years, he has been employed to oversee the procurement, development and training of the Shelby Police Department’s K9 teams. He has since contracted with the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office to oversee the training there, as well. Howard has developed many successful K9 teams over the years, and has been rewarded by their successes in the service of the community. In 2018, he and his wife created a private business under the name of White Beard K9, Inc. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences, hoping to impassion and broaden the skills of others to be successful in the world of working dogs.