Featured Instructors

Randy Brenner  

 Sergeant Special Assignment

Transit Bureau Canine Unit

New York City Police Department, New York, NY

Sergeant Brenner has over 23 years of law enforcement experience with the New York City Police Department.  Sergeant Brenner was the first operational supervisor to be deployed with the Transit Bureau Canine Unit in November 2006.  Since taking over the Unit’s training program in 2009, he has doubled the size of the unit and has risen to Director of Canine Training.  He is responsible for ensuring that all assigned canine teams are properly trained and maintained.  Sergeant Brenner has responded to all major terror attacks in New York City.  He has supervised numerous canine deployments for large events such as New Year’s Eve, the New York City Marathon, Super Bowl #48, 4th of July, etc. where several million people gather.  He is a Certified NYS explosive detection instructor as well as a handler.

 


Jonathan Akiona

Jon lateraled from the Honolulu Police Department to Washington State, King County Sheriff’s Office in 1999.  Jon’s K9 career started in 2011 with a single purpose bomb dog, assigned to the Metro Transit Police Division for KCSO.  Jon continues to seek training, education, and networking to advance his handling and training skills.  In the process, Jon’s accomplished a Master Handler Title, Guest K9 Instructor for WSPCA, Assistant Judge for the AWD Police and Military Working Dog Olympics, Bomb K9 Controller and Instructor for ATF’s Ravens Challenge, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center (CJTC) Bomb Dog Certifier, CJTC K9 Board Member, accomplish the CJTC Certification for Open Air Deployment (Moving Scent), and got his Bomb K9 Trainer’s Certification through Vapor Wake K9.  Besides his normal duties, Jon is also the Lead Bomb K9 Handler and Coordinator for Safeco Field and the Seattle Mariners Baseball.


Karim Abdel Hai 

-Grew up in Cairo, Egypt so I’m soccer player.

-Hobbies: working out, traveling and music.

  • Graduated as 2nd. Lieutenant from police academy with bachelor’s degree in Law and police Diploma Egypt 1995-1999.
  • Street patrol officer as 1st Lieutenant, Cairo Police 1999-2000.
  • Homicide Detective Cairo, Egypt 2000-2002.
  • Instructor officer Captain at the Egyptian police Academy 2002-2004
  • K-9 officer the Egyptian presidential details unit as handler then the head of the K-9 unit.2014-2016
  • Major in charge of the operations for the Presidential Details K-9 unit
  • Colonel leading the K-9 unit fighting Terrorism with 21 located IEDs
  • Retired as Lt. Colonel Oct-2016.

Current:

  • Senior K-9 Trainer at the Boeing Company.

JOHN T. PAPPAS

 

 

Lieutenant Special Assignment, Commanding Officer

Transit Bureau Canine Unit

New York City Police Department, New York, NY

Lieutenant Pappas has over 23 years of Policing experience. He started in law enforcement as an Auxiliary Police Officer in 1988. After graduating from University he became a Federal Transit Police Officer with the AMTRAK Police in 1995. In 1997 he was hired by the New York City Police Department, where he excelled in all of his assignments, and has risen to the rank of Lieutenant Special Assignment. He is currently the Commanding Officer of the Transit Bureau Canine Unit. Asked by the Police Commissioner in 2006 to create a Specialized Canine Unit in Transit, he and his staff have added an important level of safety and security to the most populated public transportation system in the western hemisphere in the form of Explosive Detection, Vapor Wake, Passenger Screening, and Patrol Canines. The NYPD Transit Bureau Canine Unit is now one of the largest mass transit canine units in the United States.  Lieutenant Pappas has been responsible for coordinating the canine response to all of New York City’s recent terror attacks, with the multitude of canine units in the region.  He is the creator of many modern canine concepts that are utilized regionally, nationally and internationally.  Lieutenant Pappas is a certified Explosive Detection Canine Handler. Lieutenant Pappas is a graduate of Pace University with a BA in Management.

 

 

WAYNE A. ROTHSCHILD

 

 

 New York City Police Department

Detective 2nd Grade

Lead Canine Instructor

Patrol/Explosives Detection/Vapor Wake/TRED

Detective Rothschild is in his 20th year with the New York City Police Department.  He began his law enforcement career in 1998 as a patrol officer in a precinct for 8 years.  In 2006 he was transferred to the newly created NYPD Transit Bureau Canine Unit.  After being certified as a police patrol canine handler, he had the opportunity to train with some of the best canine instructors in the New York area to further enhance his canine career.  In 2009 Det. Rothschild became the NYPD’s first and only multi-purpose canine team certified in police patrol, tracking, article search, scent detection, and explosive detection.  Additionally, Det. Rothschild was the department’s first multi-purpose certified trainer in the disciplines of Patrol, Explosives Detection, and Vapor Wake.   A few years later, he was once again the department’s first police officer from a canine unit to be promoted through the ranks of Police Officer to Detective 3rd Grade and then promoted again to Detective 2nd Grade.  Det. Rothschild is a member of the United States Police Canine Association where he holds the title of National Vice President.  As a member of the association, he has certified with both of his dogs both nationally and regionally, finishing 1st place overall multiple times in the region and 3rd and 5th place overall in the nation.  He is currently a certified instructor and judges for the association as well.  Det. Rothschild has worked with canine units regionally, nationally and internationally.  He is the most knowledgeable instructor for Vapor Wake and Passenger Screening Canines in the NYPD.

 

Cameron Ford

Cameron Ford has been in K-9 for 24 years.

First serving the U.S. Air Force as a Military Working Dog Handler. Working Bomb/Patrol and Drug Patrol dogs.

Cameron is one of very few American’s ever to attend the German Polizei working dog school in Eckenbach Germany. Cameron also attended and trained at the Dutch Politie Scent Dog School in Nunspeet Holland.

Police officer in FL and TX, working as a K-9 handler, State instructor, State evaluator, and SWAT operator.

In recent years worked in the Government Contractor field overseeing training and deployment of over 300 K-9 teams in the middle east.

Guest Speaker at HITS, K-9 Cop Conference, Western States Canine Assoc. Pacific Northwest Canine Assoc. Colorado Police Canine Assoc. Contributing Editor Police K-9 Magazine and K-9 Cop Magazine.

Former Sr. Instructor / Multi-Purpose Canine for Naval Special Warfare Group 1 (SEAL Teams 1,3,5 and 7) and is currently a CA POST K-9 Team Evaluator. In addition, currently working with Duke University on canine cognition as it relates to patrol and detection dogs.

 

 

 

Deputy Joe Keil is a retired patrol officer and K9 handler for the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department, Wisconsin and holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from Mount Scenario College. Joe has received extensive training through the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program Sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration certifying him as a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor. Deputy Keil has written numerous newspaper and magazine articles along with being the author of When Just Say No Doesn’t Work, and Operation R.U.S.H.

Don Blair

 

Don Blair has over 40 years working canine experience for law enforcement city, county & federal agencies. Don has experience as a handler, trainer and supervisor of canine teams in protection, tracking, detection all areas and K9 competition. He is currently a consultant and trainer for a nationwide police department; he is a consultant and trainer for the Chicago Police Vapor Wake K9 program and consultant trainer to a federal agency. Don is also a canine nose work judge, USPCA judge and Canine Good Citizen evaluator. He does seminars around the world dealing with various canine problem solving areas, behavior, patrol, aggression, decoy work, detection, tracking and trailing and K9 Law Enforcement, military program development and canine consulting. Don continues learning and furthering his education with handlers, trainers, scientist and behaviorist from around the world. Reach Don at www.ciak9.net

 

Robin Syverson

Robin L. Syverson LVT

Mission Support Specialist/Animal Health Technician

Customs and Border Protection Canine Center El Paso

Robin is a licensed veterinary technician and has served over 24 years with the CBP Canine Center El Paso Program. Prior to employment with the federal government, she served as a police officer in the state of Wisconsin for 15 years with 6 years in the position of canine instructor/handler with the Dane County Sheriff Department; where she attended the Canine Law Enforcement Instructor Program and certified as a canine instructor though the Alabama Canine Law Enforcement Office Training Center, a division of Shelton State Community College. Robin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the UW-Platteville, an Associate and BS degree in Veterinary Technology Science from St. Petersburg College, Florida, with a specialty in Advanced Small Animal Nursing Care, The Human Animal Bond and Clinical Management. She recently took a promotion to Mission Support Specialist and after a very rewarding career with CBP, will retire on May 31, 2019 to continue her passion for animal care in private sector.

Professional accomplishments; CBP OTD “Knowing your K-9 Partner”, served as subject material expert for the 2008 and 2009 training sessions for CBP. In 2010, served as the subject material expert on the revised “Pet Emergency First Aid for Dogs “working dog edition” DVD, a product of Apogee Entertainment.

Instructing on Canine Health Maintenance and Emergency First Aid

The class will address the importance of maintaining your dog’s health and having the essential tools to respond to an emergency situation. Some of the topics to be covered include *Snout-To-Tail Assessment for Wellness and Injury *Pet First Aid Kit Contents *Primary Assessment on emergency situations *Rescue Breathing and Canine CPR *Choking Management *Heat Stroke * Torsion (GDV) *Narcotic ingestion *Fentanyl exposer * Insect Bites & Stings and Snakebit