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K9 units are on the front line for every dangerous and in progress call, and it's up to the unit manager to ensure officers have the best possible dogs, equipment, and training for them to do their job and help mitigate the related risk.

Robert Eden, a retired 28-year police veteran with extensive experience as a K9 handler and trainer, provides police departments with a template for the successful development and supervision of police service dog operations. It provides a wealth of information for supervisors who have limited or no experience with police dogs, as well as new ideas and expert recommendations for those with an extensive K9 background. 

Topics include: 

  • How police dogs are an asset to law enforcement
  • The five fundamental factors for running a successful unit, and why some K9 units fail
  • How to mitigate liability issues through proper records management, training, and certification
  • How to select the right dogs and handlers for the unit
  • Day-to-day management issues, including handling budgets and dealing with police dog vendors
  • K9 unit culture and current training trends

Robert Eden has written a must-read analysis containing all the components essential for an effective K9 supervisor. His detailed insight and understanding of today’s issues are exceptional.

Don Slavik, Executive Director of the United States Police Canine Association

Robert has a step-by-step guide, in very simple terms, on how to establish and run an exceptionally efficient and effective K9 unit. It’s a must read for everyone who works with K9s, and especially for K9 supervisors and administrators with little or no previous K9 experience.

Rick Ashabranner, President of the North American Police Work Dog Association, NPWDA Master Trainer, and retired LEO

Robert dispels myths and lays down frank truths as he gives supervisors the tools to build cultures of excellence in their K9 organizations.

Sgt. Steve White, K9 Unit Supervisor, Seattle Police Department

Robert S. Eden

Robert S. Eden is a retired 28 year police veteran. Working with the Delta Police Department in British Columbia, Canada, Robert became a member of the dog section in 1983 and was appointed to the B.C. Police Commission's committee to create minimum police dog training standards for law enforcement agencies in the province. In 1991 he created and developed the International Police K9 Conference, a training seminar that was neither politically oriented nor specific to any particular style of training. Robert continues to consult worldwide on police K9 operations.