Featured Instructors

Keynote Speaker

 

Paola A. Tiedemann, Ph.D. 

Dr. Paola A. Prada-Tiedemann received her Ph.D. in Chemistry with a forensic science concentration from Florida International University in 2010. She was awarded the 2010 Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship funded by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. She is the current graduate program director for the Masters in Forensic Science program at Texas Tech University. Her studies have united interdisciplinary areas such as chemistry, animal behavior and national security to address issues critical to effective intelligence and defense capabilities. She has worked extensively on developing instrumental methods for human odor identification for criminal investigations. She has also worked with canine scent detection in the context of optimizing odor collection techniques for scent training purposes. Her research interests include the evaluation of human odor volatiles as a forensic discriminatory tool as well as the testing of target odor analytes from various specimens (drugs, explosives, decomposition) of forensic importance for optimal performance of biological detector systems (i.e. canines). She has worked with both national and international police/government agencies to help develop better instrumental and training techniques in various areas of odor detection. She is the author or co-author of numerous journal publications, book chapters, and one book dedicated entirely on human scent evidence. She has presented her research at various national and international forums. She is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is a current member of the Dogs and Sensors group within the Organization of Scientific Area Committees within NIST. Her research laboratory website (http://www.entx.ttu.edu/paola-prada-personal-page.html)

 

  • Presentation Outline: title – Chemical Odor Perspectives in a Canine World
  • 1-      The utility of science in general canine detection
  • 2-      Development and need of basic standards of practice
  • 3-      Chemical detection of drugs and explosives – current challenges and connections to canine detection work
  • 4-      Laboratory results – research work
  • 5-      Future directions of how the odor profiling laboratory helps validate canine work

Narcotic/Explosive Instructor

 

Dr. Nathan Hall

 

Dr. Hall is an Assistant Professor of Companion Animal Science at Texas Tech University and the Director of the Canine Olfaction Research and Education Laboratory in the Department of Animal Science. Dr. Hall earned his PhD at the University of Florida, specializing in the study of Behavior Analysis and canine olfaction. As a post-doc, he continued his studies at Arizona State University investigating the optimization of training to enhance canine’s detection of Homemade Explosives. At Texas Tech, his work continues to explore canine olfactory perception and how experience influences odor perception. His lab also investigates predictors and correlates of problem behavior, behavioral predictors of working aptitude, and canine health. Throughout his career, Dr. Hall has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters.

 

Narcotics Instructors 

 

Herbert Nakamura – Owner Hawaii K-9 Koncepts

Owner of Hawaii K-9 Koncepts. The retired officer, K-9 handler and trainer for the Honolulu Police Department after twenty-eight years of service. Fourteen years handling and assisting in the training of police service dogs while employed with HPD and nine years since retirement. Worked with various types of detection dogs: explosive, narcotics, search and rescue, etc. Eight years of swat training including joint sessions with the FBI, NIS, Military SEALS, and various state and county agencies. Four years as an instructor and mentor of the D.A.R.E. program. Five years as a Federal Task Force Officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration conducting airport interdiction and investigations. Eight years as a certified canine trainer with the Narcotics/Vice Division. Certifying Official for the California Narcotic Canine Association and the American Working Dog. Hawaii’s only member of SWGDOG (Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal detector Guidelines) and OSAC (Organization of Scientific Area Committees). Declared an expert witness in the field of canine certification, canine training, and canine handling with respect to canine narcotics detection in law enforcement. Has facilitated the Annual Hawaii State Narcotics Canine Training for fifteen years. Licensed by the Drug Enforcement Agency and the State of Hawaii Narcotics Enforcement Detail.

 

 

Explosive Instructors

 

JP Melton – Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

JP Melton works for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in Washington State.  He has been a Sheriff’s Deputy since 1995 and began handling the first of three explosives detection K9’s in 2002.  His first two K9 partners were Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) canines.  He attended the K9 school in Front Royal, Virginia when getting the K9’s.  His current dog he selected from Vohne Liche Kennels in the fall of 2016.  He trained and certified the K9 in the Spring of 2017.  He has been a member of the Washington State Police Canine Association since 2003 and an explosives trainer since 2014.  JP has been with the Spokane Regional Bomb Squad since 2011.  He has successfully worked his canines in numerous shooting investigations and in a variety of environments to include, including snow-covered shootings, homicides covered up by arson and post-blast.  JP believes canines are a force multiplier to any individual or group in investigative work.

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, 

A police officer in FL and TX, working as a K-9 handler, State instructor, State evaluator, and SWAT operator. In recent years working 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

 

 

Jerry Bradshaw

Jerry Bradshaw, Training Director, Tarheel Canine Training, Inc. (Bio). Jerry Bradshaw is Training Director & President of Tarheel Canine Training, Inc. (www.tarheelcanine.com) in Sanford, North Carolina. Jerry is the co-founder, executive director, International Regional Director, and director of judging for The Protection Sports Association (www.psak9.org) as well as a founding director and evaluator of the National Tactical Police Dog Association (www.tacticalcanine.com) known as NTPDA.

Jerry has been training dogs for competitive protection sports since 1991, been a member of IPO sport clubs and the training director of Tarheel Canine PSA one of the most successful PSA clubs in the country. Jerry has competed in National Championship trials in both IPO and PSA, winning the PSA National Championships in 2003 with his dog Ricardo v.d. Natuurzicht PSA 3. Jerry has trained many Belgian Malinois to the highest titles in the sports in which he competed including Arrow of Tigerpaws , SchH 3 (5x), BH; Ben von Lowenfels, SchH 2, BH; Rocky de la Maison Des Lions BH, PPD1, PSA 3; and Ricardo v.d. Natuurzicht PH 1, PPD 1, PSA 3. He is currently training Raptor PDC, PSA 1, PSA 2 and Drago PDC, PSA 1, PSA 2 for further titles in PSA, and has been inducted into the PSA Hall of Fame along with his two PSA 3 dogs, Rocky and Ricardo. Jerry and K9 Raptor were PSA 2 National Vice Champions in 2016, and K9 Raptor and K9 Drago were 2017 PSA 2 Champion and Vice Champion respectively. Jerry & Raptor are most recently 2019 PSA 3 National Champions with High Obedience & High Protection honors. Jerry is a member of the Sch3 Club, Gold Sports medal holder in IPO, and the PSA 3 club (2 time member). Many of Jerry’s employees and students have gone on to very successful careers in police K9 training and administration, DOD Contracting, sport competition and canine training after starting their careers at Tarheel Canine’s School for Dog Trainers.

Tarheel Canine Training Inc. is a nationally renowned training facility for police service dogs, and has placed trained police dogs at UD DOD, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies nationally and internationally since 1993. Jerry is often a featured speaker at national police K9 conferences on topics ranging from detection and tactical obedience to aggression control, and has given training seminars around the world. He has given seminars on both SAR and USAR for Taiwan’s National Fire Agency, Lectured on Canine Aggression at Tajen University in Taiwan and lectured on USAR at National Pingtung University of Science and Technology in Taiwan, lectured on Tactical K9 Obedience and Controlled Aggression to the Chinese Working Police Dog Association in Hohhot Mongolia, China in August 2016, given Patrol Handling and Decoy Seminars for Canadian Police Canine Association (2018 & 2019), Australian Federal Police, Queensland Australia Corrections, Australian Royal Air Force & Army, Brazilian Federal Police and Military, and Belizean Corrections. Jerry has taught seminars to the US Military (USAF, US Army, and Special Operations) in South Korea, Germany, Alaska, and lower 48 states regularly for the past 10 years. He has also taught competition seminars for the sport of PSA in Australia, Canada, South Africa, India, Costa Rica, Malaysia, as well as all across the US. Jerry has given over 120 seminars to police, military, and competition audiences in his career, as well as written over 60 professional articles in his field. Jerry has written for Dog Sport Magazine, Malinois Handler, Working Dog Magazine, Police K9 Magazine, K9 Cop Magazine, The Canine Professional Journal, USPCA’s Canine Courier, The Journal, Tell Tail (India), Creature Companion (India), and as well has written a book, Controlled Aggression, which is rapidly becoming the standard text for understanding the fundamentals of canine aggression training for police service, personal protection, and competitive dog sports. Jerry’s newest book Police K9 Unit Administration is forthcoming in March 2020. Jerry’s weekly Podcast Controlled Aggression (www.ControlledAggressionPodcast.com) is fast becoming a training information resource for Police K9 handlers and trainers and sport competitors.

Before becoming a dog trainer Jerry was an award winning teacher and college instructor in Economics at Virginia Tech, UNC-Chapel Hill, Meredith College, Elon University, he lives in Sanford, NC.

 

Andrew Weiman

 

With more than 31 years of police experience involving various assignments in specialty drug investigation unit in south Florida, Detective Weiman has become a leading expert in the field. With over 25 years of K9 experience since training his first drug dog with Canadian Customs, Andy has gone on to oversee the training of a variety of detector dogs to include teams that can find drugs, currency cell phones, tobacco and firearms.

Andy’s education and experience with police dog training has steered his career path into developing an industry leading recordkeeping software program called PackTrack. His depth of knowledge and understanding of state and federal laws regarding search and seizure has been an enormous asset to hundreds of K-9 handlers who attend his K-9 training courses. Andy’s ability to teach detection canines was refined through over a decade of training for MCTFT Multi-Jurisdictional Counter Drug Task Force Training Center. Andy taught thousands of handlers all over the US and its territories. Andy has served on the editorial advisory board for Police K-9 Magazine and created HITS, the training conference known for its breadth of diversified K9 training lectures. Andy was a co-author of the book “Canines in the Courtroom” used by handlers, trainers, and supervisors as reference material for training courses.

Andy’s expert opinions on drug dogs and recordkeeping will surely help bring the entire law enforcement K9 industry to a higher level of clarity. His countless court appearances and proven skills as an expert witness on the stand are clear testimony to the effectiveness of proper K9 recordkeeping as a means to establishing K9 reliability. As a K9 trainer and handler with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, Andy continues to educate others through his direct oversight of the training.