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Cover Officer Search Operations

Date: January 24 or 25 or 26 or 27 or February 1, 2011

Location: Minnesota State Fair Grounds

Time: 1600-2400

Instructor: St Paul K-9 Officers

POST: 8 Credits

Cost: $180.00

Class Limit: 10 Officers per day

The Saint Paul Police Professional Development Institute (PDI) and the Saint Paul Police K-9 Unit is sponsoring a 1-day course in COVER OFFICER SEARCH OPERATIONS.

This class, also serving as a "Train the Trainer" course, is a must for canine handlers and street officers who deploy as cover officers for canine teams engaged in high risk tracking and search operations. This is a hands-on training course with limited classroom time. The course is designed to instruct canine handlers, street officers and deputies, in proper cover officer tactics when assisting canine teams during high risk searches, those including but not limited to tracking and building searches. While geared toward canine handlers and officers who deploy with them as cover support, techniques taught in this class, can be used by street officers during day to day high risk searches specifically those done without canine support. Instruction will be given in the areas of weapon handling, cover officer positioning and responsibilities, movement, threat assessment as well as flashlight/handgun techniques. Officers will also participate in an actual "canine takedown" mock arrest scenario.

The course instructors will be; Officer Mark Ficcadenti, Head Trainer, St. Paul Police Canine Unit, Officer Jon Sherwood, Assistant Trainer, St Paul Police Canine Unit, Officer Jason Brodt, Assistant Trainer, St. Paul Police Canine Unit, Officer Pat Murphy, St. Paul Police Canine Unit/SWAT, Officer Rob Vetch, St. Paul Police Canine Unit/SWAT.

To register go to:
 and fill out registration form. If you have any questions, please call the St. Paul Police Canine Unit at (651)-266-5782 or the St. Paul Police Department Training Unit at (651) 266-5555.


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