David Adebimpe, DSc, PhD, CChem – ScentLogix

The Science of Odor and Effective Imprinting and Training with EDD’s

Dr. David Adebimpe is a research scientist, philosopher, and inventor who uses his cross-disciplinary skills and expertise to solve unique problems that require the convergence of different scientific and technical disciplines and philosophies. With over 30 years of combined experience as an organic chemistry professor, a guest scientist at NIST and NASA, and as an applied nanotechnologist, he is a subject matter expert and world leader in scent-engineering, and in the development of scent-detection training aids and practical tools that enhance the operational olfactory capabilities of search-and-detect K9s.

Ryan Anderson – Domestic Interdiction Group

Situational Threat Assessment & The Improvised Explosive Device (IED): A History

Mr. Anderson has over 17 years experience with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), which includes several tours to various theaters of operation. His experiences range from conventional military ordnance to advanced Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on-land and under-sea. During his time Ryan has encountered, rendered-safe and disposed of hundreds of IEDs in numerous permissive and non-permissive situations. Furthermore, Ryan has vast experience in instructing and mentoring personnel in the various realms of explosives and EOD.

Tzviel “BK” Blankchtein – Masada Tactical

Survival Tactics for the Undercover Officer (Restraint Defeat, CQC, SERE)

BK served in the Israeli Defense Forces as an infantry reconnaissance team member from 1993 to 1997.  He was honorably discharged upon completion of mandatory service as a sergeant first class. BK’s expertise includes firearms, tactical operations, hand-to-hand combat, amphibious assaults, operational security in hostile areas, intelligence and counter-intelligence operations. BK is often used as a consultant in designing training programs for military and law enforcement agencies. BK is a sworn officer in Alabama.  BK holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Maryland in Counterterrorism and International Security, and a Graduate degree from American Military University in Security Management.

Chris “CJ” Caracci – Former U.S. Navy SEAL

Guest Speaker: Combat Mindset and Critical Thinking

Chris has over thirty years of combined military and law enforcement experience and is internationally known as a specialist in conflict resolution. CJ’s foundation began as a U.S. Navy SEAL. After the Navy, CJ served for 10 years as a sworn tactical officer working in New York, New Jersey, and South Florida specializing in SWAT and narcotics enforcement. He was “loaned” to several Federal agencies as a consultant, operative and tactical training instructor, while as an officer and later privately. Based upon his experience, he designs specialized practical and tactical techniques for law enforcement; military combat units and civilian lifestyles. Along with this, CJ is also responsible for the design of high tech tactical equipment to enhance and support his highly advanced styles.

David Dorn – K-9 Specialized Training and Consulting

The Normalization of Risk in Explosive Detection Dog (EDD) Handling

David Dorn is a Medical Retired Sergeant for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. David has worked in Law Enforcement for over 18 years, with over 16 years of experience in K-9 Unit. For most of David’s canine handling career, he handled two (2) canines on a daily basis. David implemented the Canine Unit in 1998. Today, he owns and operates K-9 Specialized Training and Consulting at his two California Facilities, where he trains and consults several agencies in initial and advanced detection dog and handler training, implementing, managing and maintaining their agencies Canine Units. David has thousands of hours in basic and advanced Peace Officer training, thousands of hours in basic and advanced Police Service Dog, NDD & EDD Handler Training. David has participated in over 4,000 individual canine searches in the field. In addition, he has been present and observed hundreds of NDD and EDD deployments by other canine teams from all over the nation. David was a member of the SFSD Emergency Services Team, Holds a California POST Intermediate Certificate, a California POST Certified Canine Team Evaluator. For more information or questions please visit k9stac.com k9fto.com

Christopher Ennis – Delaware State Police EOD Team Commander

Robotic Breaching & SWAT/EOD Interoperability

Sergeant Chris Ennis is a 28-year veteran of the Delaware State Police and a Hazardous Devices Technician for 26 years. In 2003, he became the EOD Team Commander for the Delaware State Police and in 2005, he was enlisted by the SWAT Team Commander to develop an explosive program that will work synonymously with his department’s SWAT Team. In October 2006, the team performed their first operational explosive breach and since then, he has authorized his team to perform numerous operational breaches with many of them being deployed and initiated robotically. In 2006, Chris invented the Ennis Fire Hose Explosive Breaching Charge, which is currently being used extensively by law enforcement and specialized military teams all over the world. Chris is one of two Bomb Squad Commanders on the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Arson & Explosive Committee and has assisted with the development of a U.S. Bomb Squad, National Response Policy for Suicide Bombers and Large Vehicle Bombs. He has been a board member of the National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board for three years and is one of three East Coast Board Members. He has successfully completed the FBI Tactical Bomb Technician Training Course and is now an adjunct tactical training instructor.

Kevin Good – Battelle

Terms, Data, and Concepts that Every Explosives Detection Canine Handler Should Know

Mr. Good has fourteen years of experience working with detection canine teams, and since 2004 has been the Battelle lead on numerous canine-focused RDT&E programs. Through his work for various government, security, law enforcement, and military agencies, he has designed and directed numerous field assessments, hosted educational/training events, conducted strictly-controlled laboratory studies, and led product development efforts. As the Principal Investigator/Program Manager of these programs, he is knowledgeable in the principles and pitfalls of canine training and deployment, challenges faced by handlers and management, intelligent test matrix design, test procedures and execution, statistical analysis, and report/briefing development. Due to his contributions in this field, Mr. Good was invited to present at TSA’s 2006 International Canine Conference, the 2012 Law Dog Conference and Expo, the 2015 Police K-9 Conference and Vendor Show, and the 2017 Working Dog Conference. Currently, he is one of several Battelle authors of a recurring series of articles in Working Dog Magazine.

Jeff Jennings – Improvised Electronics

Comprehensive IED Electronics

Jeff is the Founder and CEO of Improvised Electronics. Jeff is a former US Navy Electronics Technician who has specialized in IED Electronics since he was first stationed at NAVSCOLEOD/AIEDD in 2006. Since he left the Navy in 2010, Jeff has lead the team at Improvised Electronics to design and field more than 50k training devices to 6 continents to train US and allied militaries. Additionally, Jeff has lead multiple training efforts including a 2 year program to provide Advanced IED Electronics training to every Certified Explosives Specialist in the ATF at the National Center for Explosives Training and Research (NCETR). Jeff’s disciplined approach to strong mathematical fundamentals and schematic literacy make his challenging courses stand out.

Jason Johnson – Project K9 Hero

Scent Detection Procurement

Jason is a nationally recognized subject matter expert in Scent Detection and K-9 Procurement. Currently, Jason leads the K-9 Procurement and Scent Detection Training for several major governmental contracts worldwide. Jason is a former Field Canine Coordinator for the National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program with TSA, Lead Tactical Training Instructor at the ATF National Canine Training Center, Kennel Master and K9 Handler for the Worldwide Personal Protection Service in Iraq and Afghanistan, Police Narcotics K9 Handler and Trainer, and a U.S. Army Military Police Officer. Jason holds a Masters Degree in Security Management, is a published author, and is the Founder and CEO of the Project K9 Hero Foundation.


Kenneth Licklider – Vohne Liche Kennels, Inc

Obedience to Odor

Ken Licklider, SMSGT, USAF (Ret) is the Owner and Chief Trainer of Vohne Liche Kennels, Inc. Mr. Licklider has thirty-four (34) years canine experience, including seventeen (17) years serving in the United States Air Force in the canine field. Upon retirement in 1993, he formed Vohne Liche Kennels, Inc. Ken is world renowned for his scent work, which has been copied by trainers worldwide to include Dutch Customs, and he has traveled around the world teaching his methodologies. He has been instrumental in the development of the passive response detector dog and has aided agencies around the world in not only training their dogs, but also developing their programs. Selected as a charter member of Scientific Working Group on Dog & Orthogonal Detector Guidelines (SWGDOG), Ken is one (1) of only two (2) private trainers allowed on the panel of fifty (50) plus top trainers in the United States. Ken designed and developed the current K9 program for U.S. Special Forces for all four (4) branches of the military. He conducts seminars worldwide and has been cadre for several years at the two (2) largest K9 seminars in the U.S. Ken has developed kennels and kennel support in Holland and Brazil, with branches in Turkey and South Africa. He has trained/worked with over two thousand five hundred (2,500) dogs in his career. VLK trains more than five hundred (500) dogs per year for local, state, federal and private organizations. He currently has dogs in over eight hundred (800) law enforcement agencies to include the National Security Agency (NSA), Pentagon Police, U.S. Secret Service, over forty-eight (48) states and more than twenty (20) countries, including hundreds of teams in Afghanistan and Iraq with recently deployed teams to Brazil.

George McKerrow – MAC 7 Training

Insight Into ISIS Weaponry and IED’s

George is the Director of Training for MAC 7, has over 30 years of experience in Counter Terrorism and CIED, and is also an authorized Certified Counter Terrorism Practitioner (CCTP) affiliate. George has operational experience in Northern Ireland, Falkland Islands, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan & Iraq, and has conducted multiple training events in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, Thailand & Japan in support of Counter Terrorism.

Ryan Morris – Tripwire Operations Group

Introduction to Homemade Explosives

Ryan has been a police officer for 20 years, as well as a Bomb Squad Commander/Bomb Technician during most of his career. Ryan is also the owner of Tripwire Operations Group located in Gettysburg, PA. Tripwire is federally licensed as a HAZMAT Carrier, Importer, Exporter, Dealer and Manufacturer of Explosive Materials as well as a Federal Firearms Dealer (Class 3 SOT and Type 10). Tripwire provides some of the country’s premier training courses for military and first responder personnel in addition to the explosive and firearm sales.

Pat Nolan – Tactical Directional Canine Systems

Training and Operational Use of Radio Guided Canine Camera Systems

Pat has been training dogs since 1975, when he worked for a guard dog company training protection dogs. Early in his career, Pat participated in the sport of Schutzhund, training in tracking, obedience, and protection with German Shepherds. In 1980 Pat began work with hunting and retriever sports.  Ultimately in 2002, Pat combined his experience handling retrievers in the field with the requirements of working dogs to develop systems for training directional commands to special operations, patrol, and detection canines.

Yossi Purec – Masada Tactical

Survival Tactics for the Undercover Officer (Restraint Defeat, CQC, SERE)

Yossi served in a tier one reconnaissance unit with the IDF from 2011-2014 and is still an active reservist with his unit.  Yossi specializes in urban warfare and applies his skills to teaching LE and military units around the country.  Yossi is the Director of the Tactical Division at Masada Tactical, LLC.

Ben Shaffer  – USPCA

From Battlefield to Springfield: Lessons from an Explosives Detection Dog Handler/Trainer

Sgt. Ben Shaffer (USMC Ret.) will share his expertise and experiences in training and deploying military and civilian law enforcement explosive detection dogs. Ben’s career has allowed him the opportunity to function as a USMC K-9 handler in Iraq and Afghanistan; a Marine Amphibious Reconnaissance Support K-9 Handler; SOCOM-D Dog Liaison Officer (DLO); U.S. Department of State K-9 Trainer; as well as being a graduate of the one-year long Israeli Special Forces Working Dog Trainer’s Course.

Ted Simpson – International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors

Advanced Weapon Retention and Disarmament

Ted has been involved with the law enforcement community since 1999 and has spent multiple years as a police officer, sheriff’s deputy (SGT), personal security detail (PSD) team member and trainer, and private overseas contractor and tactical training instructor.  Ted has had the privilege to serve as a PT instructor, firearms instructor, EVOC instructor, and general classroom lecturer at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Police Academy at IUP MPOETC. Starting in 2011 at the Mixed Martial Arts School of Excellence, in Dublin, Ireland, Ted developed and implemented the training program used by the military of the Republic of Ireland and security forces worldwide, where he continues to serve as a tactical training instructor. Ted is a master tactical training instructor for the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors where he developed the now widely accepted ACS weapons and retention disarm system used by police and military worldwide.

Eric Stanbro – Torchlight K9

Decoy Skills for K9 Maintenance and Scenario-Based Training

Eric has been a full time police officer in Ohio for the past 22 yrs. His full time assignment is training K9s. He’s also the owner and head trainer at VanEss K-9 Academy and is the training director and head trainer for Police K9 Association. His current training group consists of 40+ K9 teams. Eric spent 14.5 yrs. on Swat as an operator and K9 handler while working 4 dogs on the street. In 2013, Eric took a leave-of-absence from the department in order to accept an opportunity to train dogs for Naval Special Warfare (NSW/SEAL).

Ted Summers – Torchlight K9

Decoy Skills for K9 Maintenance and Scenario-Based Training

Ted has been involved in working K9’s for over a decade in various forms from retrievers, to hunting terriers to protection and police service dogs. His specialties are grip work and development, patrol and utility work and proper decoy work, detection training and K9 policy and procedure.  He is the co-owner of Torchlight K9 and Working Dog Dry Goods based in Tulsa Oklahoma.  Torchlight is the only private CLEET accredited K9 facility in the state.   He is a certified PSA decoy.   He teaches our decoy and handler schools and our SWAT/SORT integration seminars as well as our decoy camp for police service trainers and handlers and does numerous camps for military special operations.


*Instructor(s) and course subject(s) are subject to change without prior notice.