Featured Instructors

– Ted Daus- 

Ted Daus is an assistant state attorney with the Broward County State Attorney’s Office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has been a prosecutor for the past 25 years, the last 21 of which he has been assigned to the Drug Trafficking Unit for the State Attorney’s Office. Ted graduated from Nova Southeastern School of Law in 1991. He has extensive experience as a lecturer on search and seizure for D.E.A., U.S. Customs, various Florida Police Departments, the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, the Police K-9 Training Institute, Police Canine Consultants and the Canine Development Group. He lectures regularly all across the country to National Canine Organization such as U.S.P.C.A., N.P.C.A., N.A.P.W.D.A & CNCA. He is an adjunct professor of law for Nova Southeastern University teaching Trial Advocacy and coaching national mock trial teams. He was the legal editor and writer for Police K-9 Magazine for the past 7 years until the magazine was sold in 2014. He lectures every year at the nation’s largest Police canine conference “HITS”. He is the current nationwide legal advisor for the National Police Canine Association headquartered in Arizona. Most recently, Ted was counsel of record for both United States Supreme Court K-9 cases, Harris & Jardines, argued before the court on October 31st, 2012. He is also a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, along with being a FEMA Certified by the Department of Homeland Security Basic Instructional Skills Instructor. He has recently co-authored a police officer-handler book entitled “K9’s in the Courtroom” available for purchase online.


-Fred Helfers-

Fred Helfers started training and handling detection canines in 1982 while working with the Everett Police department. Fred trained and worked two drug detection canines during his 28 years in law enforcement. Over the past 30 years Fred has expanded his knowledge of detection canines by training canines and handlers in the fields of drug detection, insect detection, natural gas detection and accelerant detection.

Class Instruction:
Recognizing and Understanding Handler Error.

The presentation will discuss and review in depth, common handler error faults when handling a detection canine and demonstrate there are many pitfalls a handler can encounter when handling their canine.  The presentation will identify those common handler error areas and offer suggested correctable actions which at times may appear to be unrecognizable by the detection dog handler.


-Scott Klappenback-

Scott Klappenback has been with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in southern California for more than 30 years where he, as a Designated Level 1 Reserve Lieutenant, has worked patrol assignments his entire tenure. For the past 15 years, he has been a K-9 handler with the last 8 years being assigned to the Special Investigations Bureau’s Highway Interdiction Team.  During this time he has worked two certified narcotic detection dogs on patrol. Scott’s assignment also includes appointment as a Title 19 Task Force Officer for the Department of Homeland Security.  Additionally, he has testified as an expert witness on transportation and sales of narcotics. In 2017, he was the recipient of the National Sheriff’s Association “Reserve Deputy of the Year” award. Scott currently is an instructor for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s POST certified Basic Narcotics Investigation Course and teaches the Vehicle Hidden Compartments and K-9 usage segments. .He has also taught classes for California Narcotics Officers Association’s (CNOA) Training Institute and Handler Instruction & Training Seminar (HITS) Conference on drug traffickers, hidden/concealed compartments and narcotic K-9 training and usage. He has also taught classes on detection K-9 training and usage for Arizona Department of Public Safety K-9 handlers who work highway interdiction.  Scott is a member and past Board member of the Orange County Police Canine Association (OCPCA). He obtained his B.A. degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine.

When not working for the Sheriff’s department, Scott works under contract for the United States Navy Marine Mammal Program and is an instructor for the U.S. Navy’s Marine Mammal Handlers Animal Training Certification Course based in San Diego. He has been in the animal training profession for more than 35 years. He is past president of the International Marine Animal Trainer’s Association (IMATA) which represents more than 2,000 professional animal trainers worldwide.

Class Instruction:
Protecting our Profession

The law enforcement community has been under extreme scrutiny the past several years and so has the marine mammal training profession for even longer. The animal rights movement produced the movie “Blackfish” that has changed the marine mammal animal training profession forever. And the law enforcement working dog profession is not immune from this type of scrutiny.  As a K9 handler in today’s climate, it is imperative the basic principles of animal training are understood by the handler. This understanding will assist in avoiding court challenges by defense experts, poor public perceptions on how our K9s are treated and more importantly improve your K9’s performance. Scott will review basics of animal learning and share his concerns regarding how law enforcement can collectively best avoid being victim of the next “Blackfish effect”.

Hidden Compartments & K-9 Usage

It is not uncommon for detection K-9 handlers to routinely conduct dog sniffs of vehicles. Some of these sniffs result in positive alerts and indications. That’s when the next challenge begins: locating the contraband hidden somewhere in the vehicle. This class will review some of the simple versus sophisticated natural voids as well as manufactured after- market hidden compartments utilized by D.T.O. smugglers. In addition, an approach on how to locate these compartments will be reviewed. This will be facilitated through review of actual interdiction vehicle stops and videos. Strategies on K-9 deployments on these types of sniffs will also be discussed.