In 2013, the TacDogs program expanded by starting an annual Instructor/Trainer certification. Each year, we invite handlers to attend this seminar to become new Trainers. Some Trainers are asked to return to become Instructors. All current Trainers and Instructors are asked to return for re-certification to maintain the integrity of their skills and integrity to the program. Each one of them has utilized this program to enhance their handling capabilities, deployment success, and overall team safety. Listed below are some of the Instructors and Trainers that are currently certified under the TacDogs Training Program.
We consider our Instructors and Trainers some of the best in the industry. They are all REAL police K9 handlers with experience and incredible knowledge to share. Most importantly, they are all great people with passion for teaching and helping keep cops safer. The combined years of K9 training from these Instructors and Trainers has supported the integrity and realism that makes this program successful for today’s K-9 team. These handlers have a full understanding of the principles of the training, deployments, and documentation within this program.
We do want K-9 teams to attend this annual seminar as well. The benefit? Individualized attention during the 3-day seminar! This seminar includes lodging and meals for out-of-state attendees. Email Leslie Titus at: TacDogs@gmail.com for details.
JUSTIN BAUMAN has been in the USAF since 2006, and a K9 handler or K9 supervisor since 2011. He attended several TacDogs seminars since 2014 in the dog team capacity. In 2016 he was invited to be a Trainer. In 2017, be became an Instructor.
EDDIE BRANNON was in federal law enforcement from 1988-2016, and a held a position as a K9 handler since 1990 in Florida. Eddie took a Sheriff’s Deputy position as a K-9 handler in 2016 after retiring from his federal job, and remains in Florida. He attended his first TacDogs seminar in 2009. Eddie is considered an ‘expert’ in tracking which is backed by his experiences. Eddie has been an Instructor since 2013.
GORDON CARROLL has 30+ years as a law enforcement officer, 20+ as a K-9 handler. Gordon is the Trainer for his department, and became a TacDogs Trainer in 2015. He initiated the expansion of his unit in 2015 with 3 additional teams that were trained under this program. In 2016, Gordon became a TacDogs Instructor.
DEREK COPELAND started his law enforcement career in the USAF in 2002 and is still currently serving on active duty. Derek has held several positions while serving as a military policeman in some of the most austere conditions in the world including Patrolman, Base Defense Operations Center Controller, Anti Terrorism Officer, Protective Services Detail, Armorer, K9 Handler and Trainer, Kennel Master, Unit Trainer, and is now currently serving as a S.W.A.T. Team Sergeant. Derek has been a TacDogs Trainer since 2015, and became an Instructor in 2016. He is the co-owner of NCATS, National Canine Tracking Audit System. The newest, easiest, and strongest way to certify dual and single purpose K-9 teams. http://www.K9AuditSystem.com
ERIC COX has been in law enforcement in Texas, since September, 1998. He handled a scent-discriminating bloodhound for the Galveston Police Department prior to going to work for the League City Police Department in 2008. Eric was responsible for re-starting the K9 Unit within the League City Police Dept in 2011, and has been the unit trainer and a dual-purpose narcotic/patrol dog handler since August, 2011. Eric began training his unit’s dogs using the TacDogs program in 2013. Eric became a TacDogs Trainer in 2015, and a TacDogs Instructor in May, 2016.
DAN McLEAN has been employed with Pinal County Sheriff’s Office AZ since 2006. In 2008, he was assigned to the K-9 Unit and began working with his first Partner LJ. Learning several different compulsion techniques, he figured there had to be a better way to train a team. In 2012 he was assigned his second partner Barko. After struggles with current training techniques Dan reached out to Brett and in 2014 attended his first TacDogs seminar. Utilizing the TacDogs principals and philosophies “…’Training For The Real World’, we have increased workability, providing safer and more reliable K-9 teams, increasing productively of our unit.” Dan became a TacDogs Trainer in 2015, and an Instructor in 2017. Dan is currently training his 3rd partner.