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58th Annual Florida Intelligence Unit Conference – FIU

October 1, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am

FIU Conference

The Florida Intelligence Unit, one of Florida’s oldest professional law enforcement associations, are hosting the 58th Annual Conference September 30- October 4, 2019. The event will be held at the Mission Inn Resort and Spa in Howie-in-the-Hills Florida – which is 35 min NW of Orlando, Florida.

Scent Evidence K9 founder and CEO, Paul Coley, and FSU Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, David Merrick will conduct a presentation on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, from 8:30 am-10:30am on the topic of “Integrated Search Strategies Utilizing Canines and Unmanned Aircraft”.

Scent Evidence K9 founder and CEO, Paul Coley, joins FSU Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director, David Merrick, to present the integrated search strategies both organizations are using and how the effective combination of scent discriminate canines and drones are improving missing person search results.

Coley and Merrick have a long partnership and are considered trailblazers in the use of dog and drone integrated search strategies. That partnership served them well during a recent missing FSU student case conducted in heavily-wooded terrain which led to the lost youth being found alive.

Coley’s registered method of training human scent discriminate bloodhounds to trail a specific scent provides a more accurate way to locate a missing person than traditional footfall tracking techniques. Coley’s bloodhounds can trail a target after longer periods of time and over larger areas in a variety of weather conditions. Scent Evidence K9 has also developed scent evidence collection technology like The SEKR Scent Vacuum and the On-Scene Scent Collection Kit to provide K9 Units with the best possible scent article to trail.

Merrick’s drone teams conduct overwatch and recon during search deployments to increase area coverage, improve situational awareness and safety for K9 Teams on the scene.

Paul Coley and David Merrick Integrated Search Strategies

Paul Coley is a former FBI Forensic Canine Operations Specialist and has dedicated his entire career to public service in the fields of education, law enforcement, criminal justice, investigations, forensics, integrated search strategies, and emergency management.
As a member of the FBI Evidence Response Team, he has deployed human scent evidence K9 Trailing teams in cases across the United States. Paul has also served as an instructor for National Academy Classes at FBI Academy and presented his scent discrimination techniques to law enforcement agencies and SAR teams across the U.S. and internationally.

Paul founded Scent Evidence K9 in 2012 to help communities and law enforcement agencies improve their methods of locating missing persons and apply integrated search strategies. Like many other canine handlers, Paul faced the challenge of finding an effective scent article during deployments. He developed the first scientifically-tested and proven Scent Preservation Kit® and “The SEKR” Scent Evidence Collection Vacuum to provide K9 Trailing responders with uncontaminated scent articles and on-scene scent collection methods that can increase location success and reduce find time.

David Merrick developed and oversees CDRP’s Disaster Incident Research Team, which deploys to disaster impact areas to perform field research on disaster and emergency management. This team consists of EMHS/CDRP staff as well as FSU students who have valid research agendas or projects and is partnering with other FSU departments to perform multidisciplinary research and data collection. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on EM Planning and Policy, Disaster Systems, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

Mr. Merrick developed EMHS’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) courses and curriculum. He is part of the team that developed the EMHS/CDRP UAS capability for use in disaster management and critical incidents,and has led deployments performing this work in Florida as well as Texas, Haiti, Belize, and Jamaica. He is a certified UAS operator with an emphasis on professional aviation operations in a variety of environments.

As part of the applied research team at CDRP, Mr. Merrick has extensive experience in emergency management at all levels of government, incident command, training and exercise development, facilitated planning processes, and has provided technical assistance on a variety of government and private sector EM projects.
Mr. Merrick has a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a Master’s in Humanitarian Relief and Disaster Logistics from the Florida Institute of Technology.



October 1, 2019
8:30 am - 10:30 am
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Florida Intelligence Unit


Mission Inn Resort and Spa
10400 FL-48
Howey-In-The-Hills, FL 34737 United States
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