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Eden Consulting Group employs some of the worlds most renowned names in police K9 training. Every officer working as a consultant with the Academy is well versed in all aspects of K9 training and deployment.

Each officer also has his own special field of expertise that he specializes in. If you are an agency setting up a new program in need, an agency with an experienced team of handlers that would like advanced tactical or technical training, or an association wishing to host an advanced training seminar, we specialize in providing programs that are custom tailored to fit those needs.

We will travel to any nation in the world to assist in setting up agencies and provide training in any aspect police dog work. Each officer on the list is also capable of providing expert witness testimony in their field of expertise. If you would like a program designed for you, Email Bob Eden and arrangements will be made to contact you and put together a proposal specifically for your needs.

 

Bob EdenRobert S. Eden
President of Eden Consulting Group - Patrol Dog Instructor - Tactical Instructor - Tracking - Chemical Munitions - Narcotics - Explosives
Bob Eden has been a police officer since 1981 working with the Delta Police Department in British Columbia, Canada. Initially assigned to patrol and then traffic section, became a member of the dog section in 1983. He is the author of two books, "Dog Training For Law Enforcement" and "K9 Officers Manual" and has been involved in the development of a number of video productions for law enforcement K9 training. 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. He was also 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 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.

Bob has 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. In 1994 he created the "The Police Dog Home Page" on the Internet at http://www.policek9.com which as become the largest and most diversified page on the net on law enforcement K9 operations.

Bob Wright

Bob Wright
Superintendent - Niagara Regional Police Service Ontario, Canada
Patrol Dog Instructor -  Tactical Instructor - K9 Management - Firearms - Advanced SWAT/K9

Bob is a Shift Commander with the Niagara Regional Police in Ontario, Canada. A very active instructor at Seminars and Conferences throughout North America, Bob has provided expertise worldwide during his 15 years as a Canine Handler, Trainer and Canine Unit Supervisor.

Additionally, Bob’s experience as a Tactical Team member and as the Emergency Task Unit Commander have allowed him a great understanding of the needs of both Canine and Tactical Teams.

Bob is a qualified expert witness and has authored numerous articles on the use of Police Service Dogs and Tactics. Bob has an undergraduate Degree from Brock University and a Diploma in Police Management from Western University.

At the International K9 Conference Bob teaches Tactics, Problem Solving, Officer Safety, Firearms and Hander Selection and Supervision for the Administrators.

Mark FiccadentiMark 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.
 

EDUARDO JANY is a Tactical Operations Specialist and Senior Consultant for Public Safety Programs providing advisory, training and equipping services Jany K9and solutions to military and public safety organizations worldwide.  He retired as a Police Captain in the metropolitan Seattle, WA area and served over 14 years in canine as a K-9 patrol officer, Sergeant, and Trainer and is presently on Reserve with the Tampa Police Department.   Ed’s experience in patrol and narcotics detection includes a number of high profile arrests, apprehensions and tactical applications.  He has provided hundreds of hours of instruction and advisory work with K-9 units in the US and abroad with international and domestic experience in police leadership, management and operations serving more than 20 years in Minnesota, Florida, and Washington States.  Ed has also worked on K-9 training programs and conferences preparing forces for tactical operations and large scale events in Argentina, Brazil, and Guatemala.

Ed has also held assignments in SWAT, patrol, homicide task forces, narcotics, training and investigations, and implemented numerous key programs several of which earned awards at the state and local levels.  He is frequently sought after as a lecturer and guest instructor at numerous public safety courses and conferences worldwide including the International Symposium on Police-Community Relations, the National Tactical Officer Association, the IACP Regional Conference in South America, the International Conference on Community Policing, Conference of Americas on Non-Lethal Weapons and the Florida SWAT Association and SWAT Round-up.  He also serves in the Marine Corps Reserve as the Commanding Officer of Anti-Terrorism Battalion, 4th Marine Division and has over 20 years of combined active and reserve experience in special operations.  Ed is fluent in Portuguese, and Spanish and resides in FL.
 

Sgt. Steve White
Patrol Dog Instructor - Seattle, WA

Sgt Steve WhiteA 38 year law enforcement veteran, Steve is the only person to have served as a handler, trainer, and sergeant for the Seattle Police Canine Unit. Accredited as a Master Trainer in 1993 by the Washington State Police Canine Association, Steve also served on the WSPCA’s Executive Board. He has served as Vice President of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and currently serves on the Education Committee of Association of Pet Dog TrainersHe has been a primary instructor at Karen Pryor's ClickerExpo and the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior.

In addition to being an instructor for the K9 Academy for Law Enforcement, Steve has instructed at seminars in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, England, Finland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, and the U.S..  Steve’s articles have appeared in police K9 and dog training publications in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe. In 2010 Steve created LEEDS, America’s first nationally available training program designed to help optimize outcomes between law enforcement officers and dogs.  Steve also created the Hydration Intensified Tracking Training system (HITT), specifically designed to produce reliable police urban tracking dogs. Steve has been recognized as an expert witness by Washington and Federal courts in Police K-9 and dog behavior matters. He specializes in teaching principle-driven methods for skill-building and problem-solving with an emphasis on urban tracking and scentwork. Steve’s company, ProActive K9 provides K9 units with consultation, audit, and training services. 

 

Mo ParryConstable Maurice (Mo) Parry
Patrol Dog Instructor - Delta, BC Canada

Mo has been training police dogs for 13 years. He was 15 years of age when he first volunteered to train as a decoy for the Delta Police. It was quickly realized that he was a natural and was a quick study when it came to animal behavior. Mo worked directly with Bob Eden throughout his teenage years until he graduated from high school. He continued training with Delta as he worked towards his goal of becoming a police officer by taking Criminology courses at the University College of the Fraser Valley and Kwantlen University College. In 1997 Mo was hired as a full time police officer by the Delta Police Department and as a result of his extensive expertise and knowledge gained with by continuing his training with the police dog services section of the department, he was assigned as a full time dog handler to the unit in June of 2001.

He is a qualified patrol dog handler and is presently assigned to the Police Dog Services Section of the Delta Police Department and is also a member of the Delta Police Emergency Response Team.
 

Sterling JohnsonLt. W. Sterling Johnson (Ret.)

Patrol Dog Instructor - Simi Valley, CA Police Department - K9 Trauma Care - Felony Car Stops - Tactical Instructor Narcotics Detection

Lieutenant Sterling Johnson was in Law Enforcement for over 38 years, the last 27 years at the Simi Valley Police Department, California.  He retired as a Lieutenant in assignments in Patrol as Watch Commander and in the Administrative Services Unit.  He was a K9 handler for over 14 years, with three K9 Partners.  He was on the Simi Valley Police Department’s S.W.A.T. Team serving both as the Team Leader and Paramedic.  His fellow officers selected him as the 1994 Officer of the Year. Lieutenant Johnson is a Superior Court Certified Expert Witness in Police Dog related cases in both Civil & Criminal matters.

Sterling was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to the State of California Emergency Medical Services Commission in April, 1997, and served on the Commission for 9 years.  As a Commissioner, he represented all Law Enforcement Officers in the state on E.M.S. regulations & legislation.

Lieutenant Johnson is a Licensed Paramedic and works part time for American Medical Response, the City’s 911 responder.  He is also an instructor at the U.C.L.A. Medical Center, Center for Prehospital Care, where he teaches Advanced Cardiac Life Support & Pediatric Advanced Life Support to the Doctors, Residents, Interns, Nurses, & Paramedics.  He is also an instructor at Daniel Feeeman Paramedic School. Sterling is also an instructor at Moorpark College and the Simi Valley Adult Career Institute where he teaches the Emergency Medical Technician programs.

While a dog handler, all of his K-9 partners were crossed trained in Patrol and Narcotics detection.  Lt. Johnson & his partner, Atlas won the World Police & Fire Games, Police Service Dog Competition twice, 1989 & 1991 (the only dog to ever accomplish this feat). His last K9 partner, Charly won both the Patrol and Narcotics Detection Phases at the Bakersfield K9 Trails in 1994.  Sterling has progressed to Judging canine competitions, and was selected to Judge the 1997 World Police & Fire Games in Calgary, Canada. He has also served on the Veterinary Emergency Trauma & Critical Care Committee.  He is the past President of Region 23, of the United States Police Canine Association. Lieutenant Johnson has been an associate with the International K-9 Academy for Law Enforcement, as an instructor/trainer for over fifteen years.  He teaches the K-9 trauma care, the Tactical Deployment of K-9, and managing a canine program. Sterling can be contacted by e-mail, ltsjohnson@msn.com.
 

Bill NottBill Nott - Patrol (Connecticut) Patrol Dog Instructor - Tactical Instructor - Tracking - Problem Solving

Bill has been a full time police officer since 1978, he has been involved in training police service dogs since 1984; serving as a handler, unit coordinator and supervisor, handling two tactical patrol dogs during that time.  Bill was promoted in 1996 to Sergeant, and was assigned as the canine unit supervisor. Bill supervised and maintained three tactical patrol canine teams for the New London Police Department until retiring in 2007.

Bill is presently a patrol officer with the Ledyard Police Department.  He founded the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association in 1990, establishing voluntary minimum training standards for Connecticut Municipal Police Canine Teams.  He is currently a Master Trainer with the North American Police Work Dog Association. Bill has instructed for the U.S.P.C.A. and N.A.P.W.D.A. on a national and regional level.  He is a consultant for the Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue, The International Police Canine Conference and Police Canine Institute in Florida.

Bill has testified before the Connecticut House Judiciary Committee in favor of legislation that was enacted to protect police service animals. He has also testified in court and successfully defended his department in criminal proceedings where the use of force was questioned as a result of canine deployments. He has contributed canine training articles to and been interviewed by “Police Magazine”, “Police K9 Magazine” and “Connecticut Police Chief’s Association Magazine”.  Bill’s canine law enforcement career has been focused on tactical patrol dog training.

Bill also served two tours of duty with the Connecticut Statewide Narcotic Task Force, eastern district, as well as serving two years in a uniformed street crime unit as a K-9 handler. Bill was a certified Connecticut Police Academy Instructor where he instructed in a yearly law enforcement training program for numerous Southeastern Connecticut police departments for three years. Bill has provided expert testimony on the use of and deployment of police canines in criminal and civil proceedings.
 

Terry FleckDeputy Terry Fleck - Tactical Instructor - Patrol Dog Instructor - Advanced Tactical/SWAT - Legal Team

Deputy Sheriff II / Canine Handler

South Lake Tahoe, California

Terry Fleck, EdD,is a retired Deputy Sheriff II / Canine Handler in South Lake Tahoe, California. Terry has been in law enforcement for 27 years and has been involved with police dogs during that time. Terry has been a police dog handler and trainer for 22 years and just retired his third canine partner, a police service dog cross-trained for search and rescue, narcotics, evidence recovery, cadaver and tracking.

Terry is an expert in the field of canine legalities. Author of the Canine Legal Update and Opinions, the Canine Legal Update and Opinions for Supervisors and Administrators, the Tracking Canine Legal Update and Opinions, the Search and Rescue Canine Legal Update and Opinions and the Narcotic and Contraband Canine Legal Update and Opinions, Terry tracks and updates the canine industry on current case law and legal trends.

With a degree of Doctor of Education in Criminal Justice, Terry teaches Canine Legal Update and Opinions classes throughout the United States and Canada. He has taught over 12,000 canine handlers, supervisors, administrators, attorneys and risk managers nationwide. His classes focus on canine legalities, the prevention of litigation and canine tactics. Terry also studies canine tactics and develops techniques to keep canine handlers safe, utilizing their dogs to maximum tactical advantage.
 

Dr. Stephen MackenzieDr. Stephen Mackenzie Ph.D

Patrol Dog Instructor - Cobleskill, NY - Tracking - Tactical Instructor - Animal Behavioral Science

Dr. Mackenzie has been training and working police service dogs for over 17 years. He is a part time Deputy with the Schoharie County Sheriff's Department in upstate New York, serving as a K-9 handler for 7 years and K-9 Trainer for 8 years. He is a Trainer/Examiner of police dog teams for the state of New York, an Examiner of police work dog teams for the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association, and a Master Trainer with the North American Police Work Dog Association. He originated the K-9 column in Police magazine and served as a Contributing Editor on police dogs for Dog Sports Magazine for 11 years before writing Decoys and Aggression: A Police K-9 Training Manual. An animal behaviorist, he holds a doctorate in the genetics of animal behavior from Cornell University and is presently a Professor of Animal Science for the State University of New York in Cobleskill.

Ken GreenleafeKen Greenleaf - Patrol Dog Program

Officer Ken Greenleaf has been in Law Enforcement for over 21 years, the past 17 years have been with the Redondo Beach Police Department in Southern California. Ken began his "Canine Career" as an agitator in 1981. He has been a canine handler for over 14 years and is currently handling his second dog, which is cross-trained in patrol and narcotics work.

Ken has attended many advanced canine training schools throughout his career as a canine handler and instructor. In 1992 he attended an advanced "Master Handler" school which certified him as a Canine Master Handler in both patrol and narcotics. Ken is also a POST (Police Officer Standards and Training) certified evaluator for canines in the state of California.

Officer Greenleaf has done very well with both his dogs at competitions over the years. Although he loves to compete, he enjoys being on the "Other side" and judging competitions as well.

Because of his enthusiasm and expertise, Ken has appeared on several national television shows, "Amazing Tails, Dog Days USA and Tough Target," to name a few.

Officer Greenleaf is very enthusiastic in helping others with training. About joining the staff, he says, "This gives me a chance to give back to others, what others have given to me."

 

Scott FitzgeraldScott Fitzgerald - Tactical Patrol Instructor

Officer Scott Fitzgerald has been a police officer since 1991 with the Santa Clara Police Department in Northern California. He started out as an agitator in 1993 and became a handler in 1995 and is currently working his second dog.

Scott has been a SWAT team member since 1996 and helped create a “SWAT K-9” program. Prior to 1996 the tactical team did not deploy or train with canines. This program has proved to be a valuable and useful addition to the entry and perimeters teams. Scott’s currently assigned as a gas grenadier on the perimeter unit.

Over the past 8 years Scott has attended and instructed in several handler and advanced handler courses throughout California. During Scott’s time in the canine unit he has worked to develop a more advanced and challenging level of training. This includes training for canine handlers and the patrol officers that the handlers rely on for cover and protection during canine operations. He is a California POST certified canine evaluator as well as a POST certified less-lethal and chemical agents instructor. Scott is also a member of the Northern California Police Service Dog Association.

 

Ken WallentineKen Wallentine

Agency Liability, Handler Liability, Litigation, Courtroom Procedures

Ken Wallentine is the Chief of Law Enforcement for the Utah Attorney General. He formerly served as Bureau Chief of the Investigations Bureau of Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training and as Administrative Counsel for the Utah Department of Public Safety. A law enforcement officer since 1982, he also has been a practicing public prosecutor. Chief Wallentine is a former police service dog handler, working with a patrol and drug detection German Shepherd. He consults and serves as an expert witness in use of force cases for major metropolitan law enforcement agencies.

Chief Wallentine is the past-President of the Utah Peace Officers Association. He is a Board Member of the Utah SWAT Association, and is a featured writer in law enforcement journals, including POLICE, Utah Peace Officer, The Municipal Lawyer, The Prosecutor, and the Canine Courier. He is a member of the American Society of Law Enforcement and Security Trainers and the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors. He created the Officer Involved Shooting Investigation course for POST In-Service training and regularly instructs in the course. He teaches in the Department of Public Safety Firearms Instructors Training Course, and hold numerous competitive shooting awards. Chief Wallentine is listed in Who's Who in America and the Outstanding Young Men of America. He is the author of police academy curriculum presently in use in numerous academies on cultural competence, unlawful profiling, use of force, psychological combat skills, and search and seizure. His most recent book is Criminal Procedure: A Street Cop’s Guide (Aspen Press 2005). Visit his website at www.KenWallentine.com

 

Rick MortonRick Morton - Tactical Patrol Instructor

Rick Morton has been a Police Officer for the past 13 years. The first 3 years he worked with the Los Angeles Police Dept. Where he worked Patrol, C.R.A.S.H., and the Special Problems Unit. He has been with the Simi Valley Police Dept for the past 10 years and has been involved with the K-9 Unit for all 10 of those years. He spent the first 2 years as an agitator for the Inglis Police K-9 Training Group and has spent the last 8 years as a K-9 Handler.

Rick is assigned to patrol and for the last 4 years has been the Dept SWAT K-9. Rick and his K-9 partner Rex have won numerous awards in his K-9 related field. One of the many awards Rick and Rex took was the Top Dog Honors at the 1st Inagural SWAT & K-9 interacting during deployment competition in Southern California.

Rick has received the Ventura County's Medal Of Merit award for preventing a woman from committing suicide. Recently Rick was awarded the 2006 Officer of The Year Award by his peers.

 

Brian HewlettSgt. Brian Hewlett, Ventura Police Department

Brian has been with the Ventura Police Department for 20 years, and he is currently assigned to patrol as a field sergeant.  Brian is the unit supervisor for the K9 and FTO programs.  Over the years, Brain has served as a K9 handler, FTO, ACT/Baton, Range instructor, and was a member of the SWAT team.  He routinely speaks at the Ventura County Training Academy on the topic of officer-involved shootings.   

Brian is a POST K9 team evaluator and has had the opportunity to evaluate k9 teams from all over Ventura County.  He began instructing with the International K9 Conferences in 1996, and has taught firearms, tactical obedience, and problem solving. 

Lane CritserDeputy Lane Critser -
Utah County Sheriff’s Department

Sergeant Critser is a K9 Unit Supervisor with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. His duties include police service dog handler, field training officer and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team leader.  Lane served for 12 years as a Utah County SWAT Team Leader, one of six team leaders managing a 46-member multi-jurisdiction SWAT team. He was responsible for developing and conducting a five-day, 80-hour, SWAT selection course that is held annually and administered by SWAT team leaders. His responsibilities included primary pistol, primary carbine, less-lethal munitions/chemical and wilderness operations instructor

Lane developed the SWAT team policy and procedure for the multi-jurisdictional team and is responsible for managing and implementing training guidelines, training records and equipment purchases for the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

He is a Patrol/Narcotic and SWAT Dog Instructor/Judge for Utah POST. His experience as a Dog Handler has been from 1988-2008 where he worked avalanche, search/rescue, patrol, narcotics and SWAT dogs.  His duties also include in-house and basic training of a seven-member police service dog unit for the Utah County Sheriff Office and miscellaneous dogs and handlers from the region. 

Lane was a WPO Judge at the Internationale Polizei Meisterschaft in Hannover, Germany in 2000. Lane has trained local, state, federal and military agencies and handlers from North America, South America and Western Europe. Lane is an Adjunct Instructor for Utah POST,  K9 TacOps and International Police K9. Critser recently accepted a transfer to a Major Crimes Unit as a supervisor.

Dave StambaughOfficer Dave Stambaugh, Los Angeles Police Department

 

Officer Jimmie Davenport, Austin Police DepartmentJimmie Davenport

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.

 

Rick Kemp, Sacramento County Sheriff Department

Rick KempRick Kemp is a Deputy Sheriff FTO with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and began his law enforcement career in 1989.  He was selected for the Sheriff’s Department 28 team Canine Detail in 1996.  Over the years Rick has worked several dogs  and for the past eight years has been the K9 units lead trainer responsible for the selection and training of the departments 13 patrol canines.  Rick has been trained as a SWAT K9 handler and has had numerous tactical deployments as a SWAT K9 handler.  Rick and his detail work closely with the departments Air Operations especially in the area of hot loading the canine into the aircraft and deployments.  Rick was a student of the International Canine Conference in 1997 and has been a Conference instructor since 2006. 

Bruce Kelley – Patrol Dog Instructor-Urban Tracking

Bruce is a Sergeant with the Hillsboro Police Department (Oregon). He has over 19 years law enforcement experience and 14 years as a patrol dog handler and trainer. Currently Sgt Kelley is assigned to the Patrol Division and is working his third patrol dog. He supervises Hillsboro Canine Unit consisting of five patrol and two detection canine teams.  
 

Ron Cloward - Modesto Police Department

Ron Cloward is a lieutenant with the Modesto Police Department.  He currently is the K9 commander and trainer of a 14 dog unit with over half of the dogs crossed trained in narcotics.  Ron has worked three dogs in his career and has been involved in training police K9's for over 20 years.  He is currently the president of the Western States Police Canine Association. Ron has been married to his wife Susan for 30 years.  They have three married children and one grandson with another grandchild on the way.

Ron finds it a challenge to help problem solve for K9 teams.  Instructs supervisor courses, selection course for both handlers and K9's and teaches muzzle training.  He written articles for Police K9 Magazine and serves in the trainer section for monthly questions.  Ron is committed to training and feels very strong about quality scenario based training for realistic problems officers may face on the street where it counts. 

 

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