Conference Information

The 2024 PNWK9 Conference, is sponsored by the Port of Portland Police Department.


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Optional Courses

$175 | April 25th

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                  K9 Teams need to register for conference by March 30th, 2024.

Trainers & Instructors

Brad Gillespie

Bradley Gillespie has been handling and training Police and Military Working Dogs for over 20 years. He has 100s of operational K9 tracking apprehensions and is currently a trainer for the second largest K9 program in Canada where he specialized in tactical integration of K9 teams and explosive detection. Brad’s combined Military and Police experience afford him a perspective that facilitates the development and employment of area of operation, principle based tactics. Brad currently handles a single purpose Explosive Detection Dog as well as a General Service Dog. Brad is the President for the Canadian Police Canine Association and also supports training through Full Spectrum K9 International (a non-profit organization) where he emphasizes training development of the dog, the handler and the team.

Ben Ziesemer  ATF.  “Post Blast Investigations”                     Ben Ziesemer is a proud graduate of the University of Washington and has received Graduate Certificates in Explosives Technology from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and Forensic Arson and Explosives Investigation from Oklahoma State University.   Ben joined the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as a Special Agent in the Portland, Oregon Field Office in 2001.  He has had the opportunity to lead investigations that cover the gambit of ATF’s jurisdiction.  Ben became a Certified Explosives Specialist in 2015 and was the ATF case agent in the Woodburn Bank Bombing investigation that began in December, 2008.  In 2021, he became a Special Agent Canine Handler with his new partner, Moby.


Lt. Pappas.  NYPD   

Lieutenant Pappas has over 28 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, Multipurpose, and TREDD Canines. The NYPD Transit Bureau Canine Unit is now the largest mass transit canine unit in the United States. He is the creator of many modern canine concepts
that are utilized regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has been the Canine Resource Commander for the NYPD since 2006, and has managed canine teams in all the numerous critical incidents and terrorist attacks in New York City during that period. Lieutenant Pappas is a certified Explosive Detection Canine handler. Lieutenant Pappas is a graduate of the Lubin School of Business, Pace University with a BA in Management.