Bob Eden, President of Eden Consulting Group- Delta Police Department (Retired) Patrol Dog Instructor - Tactical Instructor - Tracking - Chemical Munitions - Narcotics - Explosives
Bob Eden is a 28 year retired police veteran with over 35 years of dog training experience in law enforcement, military and personal protection applications. In his final years of law enforcement he was a detective with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit investigating organized crime. Early in his career he developed the Delta Police K9 Unit and served as the lead police dog trainer for the Department for 16 years. He is the author of two books, "Dog Training For Law Enforcement" and "K9 Officers Manual", and currently working on a third. In 1988 Bob 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.
In 1991 he 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.
In 2003 Bob was contracted by the Phoenix Police Department, Phoenix, Arizona to re-develop their police K9 unit from the ground up, introducing new training and deployment ideas. In 2005 he was further contracted by the US Government to assist in a joint Canadian/American venture to train officers and dogs in Rio De Janeiro in preparation for the 2007 Pan American Games.
Bob has also authored articles and columns in such periodicals as "Police Magazine", ” Police K9 Magazine”, “K9 Cop Magazine”, "Law and Order", "Police and Security News", "Finland's Rottweiler Magazine", "The Police K9 Recruiter" and "Offlead Magazine" from Australia. In 1994 he created the The Police Dog Home Page on the Internet which has become a standard resource page on the net for law enforcement K9 operations. Click here for personal resume of Bob Eden.
Bob working calming exercises during live firearms training - Eden Consulting K9 SWAT School
Ron Cloward is a retired police lieutenant in California. Ron was a handler of three different police canines during his 26 year career. Ron and his final partner, Pele, were named the Top Dog and Top Competitor in 1997. Ron served as the trainer for the Modesto 14 dog unit, which kept him very busy after he was promoted to sergeant in 2000. In 2005, Ron was promoted to lieutenant and became the K-9 unit commander. He continued to serve as the trainer of the unit until he retired in 2011.
Ron is well respected in the K-9 community and has been a member of Western States Police Canine Association for 25 years. He has served as the president of W. S. P. C . A., and served on a committee for California P.O.S.T. He has taught in conferences across the country and has authored numerous articles featured in PoliceK-9Magazine. He is a lead instructor for Eden Consulting Group’s International Police K9 Conference instructing law enforcement K9 teams throughout North America.
Ron Cloward providing live firearms training with law enforcement teams.
Steve Lathrop is a retired Patrol Sergeant from Maine’s largest Sheriff’s Department. He was a K9 handler/ trainer with the department and has been training police and personal protection canines for the past 25 years. Steve also was a member of the tactical team and retired as team commander. He has traveled the US training canine teams in all disciplines and served as a handler/trainer in Iraq and is an instructor for Eden Consulting Group’s International Police K9 Conferences. He was also instrumental in establishing the States’ Police Academy training standards for all canine teams in the state of Maine.
Superintendent - Niagara Regional Police Service Ontario, Canada (Retired)
Patrol Dog Instructor - Tactical Instructor - K9 Management - Firearms - Advanced SWAT/K9
Bob recently retired after 31 years in law enforcement. The majority of Bob’s time has spent been on the Emergency Services side of policing, serving with both the Canine and Tactical teams. In addition to Bob’s experience as a Canine Handler, Trainer and Canine Unit Supervisor, he has extensive operational experience including commanding over 50 major incidents such as hostage takings and barricaded gunmen situations, giving him a great understanding of the need for the integration of both Canine and Tactical Teams.
Bob’s primary interests are tactics and officer safety. He has been very active instructor at seminars and conferences throughout North America for more than 20 years and continues to provide expertise worldwide.
Bob is a qualified expert witness and has authored numerous articles on the use of Police Service Dogs and Tactics. Bob has a Master’s Degree from the University of Guelph, a Bachelor’s Degree from Brock University and a Diploma in Police Management from the University of Western Ontario.
Bob can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the International K9 Conference Bob teaches Tactics, Problem Solving, Officer Safety, Firearms and Hander Selection and Supervision for the Administrators.
Bob Wright instructing Eden Consulting K9 SWAT program - Lake County FLORIDA
Vince Bingaman is a 28 year law enforcement veteran with the last 18 years in his department’s canine unit. Currently a trainer for the Phoenix Police Department and working his third patrol dog his responsibilities include team selection and training from basic academies through the advanced tactical applications of a police service dog.
Having the opportunity to deploy a working patrol dog in a large urban environment as well as the experience gained in training/instructing in numerous venues all over North America has given Vince the knowledge to separate theory from what works on the street. All of the training techniques and tracking applications taught have been tested in real time scenarios and are street proven.
Vince is also a certifying official and instructor for the National Police Canine Association and has spent the last 13 years as a consultant for Bob Eden’s International Canine Conference. Utilizing his experience and knowledge, combined with that of other respected experts in the industry, Vince has assisted numerous agencies in placing safe and effective teams on the street. Courtroom experience includes testifying as an expert in canine use of force and consulting/opining for city attorney in litigation issues.
Mark Ficcadenti - Tactics, Decoy Training, Problem Solving
Mark Ficcadenti is a twenty five year Police Officer. He has been an active K9 handler for 19 years and holds the position of Trainer with the Saint Paul Police Department in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Mark's responsibilities include dog acquisition for the department's 14 week Basic Canine Handler School as well as directing the training and retraining of the department's 21 police service dogs. Other duties include coordinating and directing the in-service training of dogs and handlers from many agencies throughout the five state area.
Mark brings an extensive knowledge base to the conferences, in particular, he specializes in working difficult dogs in problem solving techniques. He is a strong advocate of positive motivational training techniques.
Jimmie Davenport is a 18 year member of the Austin, Tx. Police Department. He has spent 14 years in the K9 Unit. His duties have included setting up advanced training within the his K9 Unit for new and experienced handlers.
Officer Davenport also has been a SWAT K9 for ten years and has helped design the SWAT K9 program currently in use. Officer Davenport has also written K9 training columns for SWAT magazine, Police K9 Magazine and International Police Working Dog Association.
Jimmy Davenport - Shield Drill take down instruction.
Marty Mahon is a police sergeant with the South San Francisco Police Department, located in Northern California. He has been a canine handler for 14 years and is currently the head trainer of the canine unit, which consists of 6 dual-purpose canine teams. Marty and his canine have been assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration, San Francisco Field Division, for 7 years, where he is responsible for interdiction and investigations of drug trafficking organizations. Marty specializes in interdiction, canine unit supervision and 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 is also a judge for the Western States Police Canine Association, and trains canine teams in Northern California in patrol and detection.