Expertise in law enforcement and security operations with a heavy focus towards the management of canine teams, canine training and canine handling. Qualifications include 8 years' of progressive experience in public safety and security, superb leadership, management of teams ranging in size from 10 individuals to 48 individuals, attention to detail, the ability to plan and prepare ahead, problem solving, strategic thinking, critical thinking, time management, budgeting, oral communication and delegation of responsibility. Possess well-demonstrated management ability; coordinated operations in kennel facilities ranging in size from 6 canine teams to 45 canine teams, ensuring mission critical goals were achieved. Possess knowledge in arrests and apprehensions, searches and seizures, detaining suspects, rights' advisement, the use of force and deadly force, and have expert knowledge in the use of weapons to include, hand guns, rifles, and shotguns. Excellent leader; able to train and motivate team towards sustained job excellence. Enhanced interpersonal skills; communicate well at all organizational levels. Effective organizational skills; direct multiple projects at once while attending to all details. Result-driven; work effectively independently and in a team environment.
•Manage the safety and advanced training of over 45 canine teams which include patrol (bite) trained explosive/drug detector dogs, specialized search dogs (off-leash explosive detection), and combat tracker dogs.
•Oversee and evaluate the training and utilization of canine teams, recommend improvements to correct deficiencies and to establish an optimal training program for the progression of canine teams, enabling the section to better support operations at home and abroad.
•Conduct bi-annual canine team assessments, identifying deficiencies and performing follow-up assessments as needed, ensuring that canine teams meet or exceed all standards and guidelines.
•Provide leadership, guidance, technical expertise and direction in a variety of areas to include kennel management, canine training practices, and live explosives handling.
•Monitor training and utilization of 45 canine teams, ensuring the effectiveness of each team, spending an average of 25 hours per week with various teams to provide additional training guidance and expertise as needed.
•Develop training plans and techniques for over 45 canine teams to enable teams to advance in training and to meet mission critical goals.
•Supervise the input of training/utilization records into the online Working Dog Management System (WDMS); review records daily to ensure deficiencies are properly documents and that all training requirements are met.
•Instruct over 50 personnel on the proper handling, storage, security, and accountability of live explosive training aids; perform an inventory of explosives every 30 days and each time the explosives are used in training.
•Provide assistance with administrative matters and canine training; coordinate logistical support and resources needed to accomplish operations and training.
•Serve as the liaison to Camp Lejeune Police Department to schedule canine detection certification with the search granting authority, allowing drug detection canine teams to legally perform searches for contraband aboard the installation.
•Mentored and prepared 6 canine teams for operations abroad in support of multiple Marine Expeditionary Units. These teams serve as the front line for explosive detection and human tracking in the event of a crisis worldwide.
•Supervised over 9,500 hours of canine training, resulting in 36 patrol, 69 basic skills (obedience), 56 detection, and 5 tracking validations (assessments), as well as 1 drug detector dog certification with the base search granting authority.
•Safeguarded and ensured accountability of explosive and drug training aids while serving as the Alternate Custodian for both materials.
•Managed kennel operations for 6 canine teams and 10 personnel, providing security to over 10,000 personnel by expertly employing the teams based on risk assessment and security needs.
•Reviewed canine program requirements and ensured all canine assets and personnel were within compliance. Reviewed all training requirements, canine records entered into the online Working Dog Management System, and all travel claims submitted by personnel for reimbursement.
•Delegated and scheduled daily work assignments to ensure that continuous security and anti-terrorism support was achieved.
•Diligently monitored all training and utilization of canine teams to ensure the effectiveness of each canine asset.
•Provided oversight of the canine section and all operations to management, enabling the ability to effectively communicate and coordinate canine support as required.
•Ensured that program policy, standards and guidelines were communicated in a clear and effective manner to all personnel assigned to the canine section.
•Supervised canine training; provided recommendations on how to correct deficiencies, which provided better, more rounded teams.
•Managed the explosive training aids while serving as the Primary Custodian; ensured that all records and documentation was properly maintained and that the training aids were handled and safeguarded as required for program policy.
•Conducted monthly inventories of the explosive training aids; supervised the storage, security and handling of the explosives to ensure compliance with explosive safety regulations.
•Conducted regular reviews of standard operating practices and procedures, ensuring that all personnel assigned to the canine section had a clear understanding of the procedures and that they were being properly and effectively carried out.
•Responsible for the accountability, maintenance and safeguarding of all required equipment and supplies needed to properly train canine teams and conduct operations, totaling over $93,000, with zero loss.
•Upon assumption of responsibility of the canine section, identified and corrected discrepancies that would have resulted in the kennel failing the law enforcement accreditation inspection conducted by Headquarters Marine Corps; resulted in receiving the highest marks, 100 percent, in the Marine Corps' first phase of inspections.
•Coordinated support with the United States Secret Service, providing 1 explosive detection canine team to support operations in Mongolia during a presidential visit.
•Responsible for canine daily care and maintenance which included but was not limited to necessary health checks, feeding/watering, grooming, and maintaining a safe and sanitary condition in the kennels.
•Conducted law enforcement operations with assigned explosive detection canine in accordance with all standard operating practices and procedures.
•Responded to over 30 emergency calls for service, acting as the On-Scene Commander as needed, or when the call specifically needed canine support.
•Assisted in investigations involving violations of local policies and law; performed routine walking/vehicle patrols with assigned canine, enhancing base counter-terrorism measures by acting as a force multiplier and visual deterrent.
•Conducted searches on cargo, aircraft, terminals, luggage, facilities, vehicles, buses, sea ports, and other venues to detect the presence of explosives and to deter the entry of such materials onto the installation.
•Routinely accessed the canine explosive scent kit in order to handle and transport the materials to daily canine training.
•Provided security and conducted explosive sweeps for various high profile personnel including the Secretary of the Navy and the Commandant of the Marine Corps, ensuring that all areas they planned to stay or visit were free of any explosive materials.
•Conducted explosive sweeps of the deep water sea port, allowing for the safe passage of 17 MV-22 Osprey aircraft into Japan. This event was highly publicized due to the strong negative feelings of Japanese nationals towards the aircraft's.
•Managed the training and utilization of 6 canine teams in support of base security and anti-terrorism operations.
•Coordinated training with local units within the area, allowing for unique opportunities for exposure to various environments and stimuli.
•Monitored utilization and training of canine teams to ensure effectiveness of each asset.
•Spent over 40 hours per week with the canine teams, troubleshooting deficiencies and making appropriate recommendations for improvement as needed.
•Conducted bi-annual assessments of canine teams, ensuring that they met all standards and regulations as prescribed by Headquarters Marine Corps.
•Published monthly training plans, ensuring that training time was managed in such a way as to increase canine team efficiency and effectiveness.
•Conducted random assessments of canine teams in their operational environment, as needed, in order to ensure their overall proficiency.
•Developed optimum training plans for canine teams, showing what areas teams needed improvements; resulting in the more efficient tracking of deficiencies and corrective actions.
•Maintained a flawless record of team validations and certifications, allowing for 100 percent support to base law enforcement, security, and anti-terrorism activities.
•Provided mentoring and guidance to 6 personnel interested in becoming canine handlers; resulted in all handlers successfully completing the Military Working Dog Basic Handler Course at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
•Responsible for the daily care and maintenance of assigned canine, which included feeding/water, grooming, health checks and performing kennel sanitation to ensure a healthy living environment was provided for the canine.
•Conducted routine vehicle/walking patrols aboard Camp Lejeune with assigned canine; made arrests/apprehensions, performed searches and seizures, detained suspects, and performed rights advisement.
•Provided assistance to the local community as required, responding to numerous calls for service ranging from motorist assistance to domestic disputes.
•Maintained explosive detection certification by conducting proficiency training; advanced canine detection and patrol capabilities.
•Performed scheduled and random explosive detection sweeps in a multitude of areas aboard the installation, preventing the introduction of such materials aboard the installation; areas searched included but were not limited to vehicles, warehouses, barracks, post offices, open areas, aircraft, flight lines, and aircraft hangars.
•Assisted criminal investigators from the Marine Corps and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service with multiple investigations; provided canine support as required.
•Successfully conducted over 3000 hours of overseas operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; operations included vehicle searches, roadway clearing, conducting vehicle checkpoint operations randomly throughout Iraq, presence patrols, and building searches.
•Maintained the qualification/certification program for the canine section, ensuring that over 20 individuals were properly trained and qualified to handle explosive materials; conducted weekly classes to over 20 personnel on the hazards of handling the explosive canine scent kit, and ensured anyone involved in the transportation and handling of explosive materials did so in a safe manner.
•Assisted the Chief Canine Trainer in the training of over 20 canine teams; supervised proficiency training, ensuring that all canine teams met or exceeded standards set by Headquarters Marine Corps.
•Attended the Advanced Train the Trainer Course conducted by Vohne Liche Kennels (September 2009), providing the ability to troubleshoot canine team deficiencies and allow for advanced training to take place within the canine section.
•Participated in joint operations with the United States Secret Service on several occasions, ensuring the safety and well-being of the President of the United States and other very important people to include the Vice President of the United States, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps.
Databases: MS Access, Working Dog Management System (WDMS), Working Dog Inventory System (WDIS), Marine Corps Training Information Management System (MCTIMS)
Word-Processing: MS Word
Spreadsheet: MS Excel
Other Software/Computer Related: MS Outlook, MS Powerpoint, MS Publisher, Sharepoint, advanced internet research ability, well versed in computer repair and troubleshooting.
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