- This event has passed.
8th Annual International K9 Cop Magazine Police and Working Dog Conference
September 18 - September 20
What to expect:
- Attendees receive a certificate for 16 hours Continuing Law Enforcement K-9 Education.
- Each attendee receives a free conference t-shirt and SWAG bag with their registration.
- 35+ World Class Instructors – Train with World-Renowned Instructors from around the globe.
- Create Your Own Class Schedule – Expanded course offerings again this year to provide you with a wide variety from which to choose.
- 44 Top Notch Vendors – Vendor Show featuring companies displaying equipment, products and services related to the Police, Military, K-9, and tactical industries.
- Hotel is K-9 friendly; dogs are welcome but not required.
Who will attend:
Paul Coley – Founder & CEO, Scent Evidence K9
Paul 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, 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 during the 2017 International Scent Summit in Austria.
Paul founded Scent Evidence K9 in 2012 to help communities and law enforcement agencies improve their methods of locating missing persons. 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® to provide K9 Trailing responders with an uncontaminated scent article that can increase location success and reduce find time.
Paul and his wife Donna, Executive VP and co-founder, have also developed the first standardized Scent Discriminate K9 Training program and have opened a new 1000-acre training facility in West Tennessee to deliver world-class Trailing K9’s for law enforcement agencies across the country.
By forging a partnership with Florida State University Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Scent Evidence K9 is able to integrate UAS/drone technology into the K9 Trailing process that creates greater visibility and safer working conditions for handlers.
CLASS: Integrated Search Strategies
How Scent Preservation Is Helping K9 Teams Find Missing Persons
Former FBI Forensic Canine Operations Specialist and Scent Evidence K9 Founder-CEO, Paul Coley, discusses how scent preservation is helping scent discriminate K9 Trailing teams find missing persons with increased location success and reduced find times. The topic will cover the research and science behind his ground-breaking Scent Preservation Kit and the advantages it gives to responders currently utilizing traditional scent article and dismissal methods. Paul will also discuss how agencies are improving their missing persons deployments using; standardized scent discriminate K9 training techniques, UAS drone and scent collection technology and community awareness of populations at-risk for going missing.
For more information visit scentevidencek9.com or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-272-6950.
David Merrick is the Director of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) Program and Director of the Center for Disaster Risk Policy (CDRP) at Florida State University.
Mr. 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.