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K9s Talking Scents

Apr 29, 2021

On this Episode we speak with Mike Kmiecik of the Sheepdog Guardian / K9 Legal Update website.

Mike is a 24-year law enforcement veteran and 15-year veteran police service and working dog handler.  Mike has handled multiple dogs specialized in patrol, narcotic-contraband detection and human remains detection (including as a mobile field force canine operator).  Mike has more than 8,000-hours of training in law enforcement and police service dog operations. 

Mike has been the recipient of numerous awards from the Bartlett (Illinois) Police Department (including Life Saving, Meritorious Service, Honorable Unit/Shift Citations and Officer of the Year), the Cook County (Illinois) Sheriff’s Office, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois D.A.R.E. Officer’s Association. 

Mike is the lead instructor for Sheepdog Guardian Consulting and maintain the most comprehensive canine legal website, “Canine Legal Updates and Opinions” and contributed to K9 COP Magazine, and Police K9 Radio.  Mike has taught and written about police service and working dog operations, industry standards and legal updates for 8-years.  Mike is also a committee member with the Illinois Tactical Officer’s Association K9 Committee (Subgroup:  Patrol K9) and the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Working Group Canine Compliance.

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