conference Site Instructors
John Eckhart | Eckhart K9
John Eckhart retired from the Portland Police Bureau as Assistant Chief of Police. John is a currently a Certifying Official for the Pacific Northwest Police Canine Association and a Security Representative for the National Basketball Association where he provides detection dog oversight for select NBA events worldwide. Additionally, John is a K-9 Trial Judge for National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) judging detection dog trails across the Pacific Northwest. John currently trains detection dog teams for several police agencies in Oregon and Washington.
John began his police canine career in 1986 as a Police Service Dog Handler in Portland, Oregon. John has worked and trained Patrol Dogs, Cross Trained Dogs and Single Purpose Detection Dogs for over 25 years. He started Portland’s Detection Dog Program in 1991 and handled the first Detection Dog for the Portland Police Bureau. John is a two-term past president of the Oregon Police Canine Association (OPCA) where he started the Detection Dog component of that association. John authored the State of Oregon Police Animal Protection Legislation.
Christina Bunn | Puget Sound Detection Dogs
Christina Bunn is the owner and master trainer of Puget Sound Detection Dogs. She has been training detection dogs for over 16 years and has evaluated and trained hundreds of canines for work in detection. Christina has been an instructor at the Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association’s conference for the last 8 years and a volunteer K9 handler with Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue in Washington for 16 years. Christina’s expertise is building a close working relationship between handler and canine, building a strong working bond, not just utilizing a tool. She is a Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluator, a Certified K9 Nosework instructor and trial judge. She teaches 5 K9 Nosework classes each week with students competing at all levels. She was honored to judge at the first National NACSW trial in 2013 and to instruct at the first K9 Nosework camp in the Pacific Northwest. Christina also competes in Obedience, Rally O, Agility, AKC Tracking, and K9 Nosework competitions and has several titles on her dogs. She is a registered Animal Assisted Crisis Response Team with her partner “Tiki”. She is a canine columnist for an on line newspaper. She is married, the mother of 5 children, 2 stepsons and has 10 grandchildren.
Mike Barclay | Vice President
Mike Barclay currently works for Elmore County Sheriff’s Office in Mountain Home, Idaho. Mike Barclay has 25 years of Law Enforcement experience, over 15 years as a Narcotics Detective for Mountain Home Police and Elmore County Sheriff’s Office.
Mike started his Law Enforcement career in 1986. He served in the US Air Force from 1986 until 1990 as a Security Policeman. Upon an Honorable discharge from the USAF In 1991 Mike joined the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office as a Reserve Deputy. In 1994 he was hired by Mountain Home Police as a Patrol Officer, during his first two years he worked patrol. In 1996 I was selected to be the first Officer with Mountain Home Police to obtain a K-9 for the department. In 1996 Mike was assigned his first Narcotics / Personal Protection K-9. At the time of implementing the K-9 program, Mike was responsible for drafting and writing the department’s K9 policy and procedures. In 2000 after 2 years of showing the value and demand for a narcotic’s K9, Mike was able to write and apply for a grant to add a second Dual Purpose K-9 to the department in 1998. In 2000 Mike was appointed K-9 supervisor to supervise the MHPD K-9 program until he resigned from Mountain Home Police and went to work with Elmore County Sheriff’s Office in 2002 taking his K9 partner with him to the Sheriff’s Office.
In February of 2002 I accepted the position of Captain of the Detectives with the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office working Narcotics and Major Crimes, supervising 2 Major Crimes detectives and still handling a K9.
In December of 2012 I was promoted to Chief Deputy where I was able to implement a strong K9 program with 4 Narcotics K9 teams. In December of 2016, I stepped down as Chief Deputy and took a Patrol Deputy position.
I have attended several K-9 schools that is directed at concealments techniques to defeat K-9 applications, K-9 selection, K-9 Handler selection, Supervision and Responsibilities of K-9’s programs, Training Applications of K-9’s and K-9 legal updates just to name a few schools.
I have attended Desert Snow Narcotics classes to include the El Paso, Texas Human Drug Smuggling /Narcotics Terrorism and the Spiritual World training.
I am the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics instructor for Concealment Techniques and Drug recognition. I have directed and commanded several multi- agency Interdiction Efforts along the corridor of Interstate I-84 in Elmore County, Idaho.
I have attended the Idaho K-9 Evaluator/ Training class. This class covers POST requirements and Idaho POST standards for K-9 handlers who wish to become an evaluator. I attended Master Trainer, Fred Helfers K-9 Handlers Course and obtained my second Narcotic K-9 “Maggie” in 2006.
I competed in the 2008 World Police Games with my previous K-9 Maggie.
I have over 17 years of Narcotic’s K-9 Handling experience and applications and I have supervised 4 K9 units at my Sheriff’s Office.
I have been a Certifying Official with Pacific Northwest Police Dog Association since 2011.
I am a firm believer that training and training hard only makes for exceptional K-9 teams. I believe that K-9s are a true asset to any department.
Dave Wood | Retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Dave retired from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in January 2012 after serving 35 memorable years, 28 of which were dedicated to the Police Dog Service as a handler, unit supervisor, trainer, and finally as the Provincial Police Dog Coordinator for the Province of British Columbia. His responsibilities included functional supervision and providing in-service training opportunities to the 87 RCMP dog handlers stationed with in the Province of BC as well as providing oversight to the civilian wilderness search & rescue organization, British Columbia Search Dog Association (BCSDA) and the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association (CARDA). Dave’s operational experience includes the training and deployment of 4 German Shepherd patrol dogs crossed trained in either narcotic or explosive detection as well as 1 black lab as a single purpose explosive detection dog. He has extensive experience in the development and the implementation of training course material related to the tactical deployment of police dogs having regards for the officer safety aspects to the police dog teams.
Presently Dave is employed with Transport Canada as a federal dangerous goods/hazmat inspector. He continues to provide training to the civilian based search and rescue organizations with-in the Province of BC and attends conferences and seminars in Canada and United States as a presenter/instructor in the field of dog detection propensities. Dave has been affiliated with the Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association as an instructor for the previous 12 years and continues to enjoy observing the continual development of young police and security dog detection teams and the comradery between the membership the experience instills from the conferences.
Jason Piccola | Ada County Sherriff’s Office
Jason Piccola has been a deputy sheriff for the Ada County Sheriff’s Office in Boise, Idaho since 2004. Jason currently handles his second K9, Django, a dual certified shepherd. He has been handling K9’s since 2009. Jason has been assigned to several different specialty units to include six years on a street crimes team, working closely with the Ada County Metro Narcotic Unit and the DEA Task Force. He was also collaterally assigned as a Task Force Officer on the US Marshal Fugitive Task Force. Jason has attended the eight week K9 instructor course provided by Utah POST and is a certified narcotics and explosives K9 instructor for the State of Idaho. Jason is a certifying official for the PNWK9 Association and Idaho POST. He has attended trainings all over the northwest to include Western States Police K9 Association, Oregon Police K9 Association, Idaho Police K9 Association, and of course, PNWK9.
Hilary Robinson | Clackamas County Deputy
Hilary retired as a Clackamas County Deputy after 26 years. She was a K9 handler for the last 10. She handled and trained three dual purpose (patrol/narcotics) Malinois. She was the department trainer (6 teams) for both narcotics and patrol and conducted weekly training which included other agency teams (10-14). She was involved in all aspects of the police K9 work from selection of the handler and dog to the training of the teams. She has over 1000 hours of documented training as has attended and assisted with training at 34 out of the 40 OPCA Seminars. She is recognized as both a patrol Master trainer and a narcotics trainer by Oregon Police K9 Association.