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What is the role of a K9 Handler?
A K9 handler can be an independent security officer or a law enforcement officer who handles and uses the skills of police dogs to assist in the execution of certain duties, including drug detection, cadaver location, pursuit and apprehension of suspects and explosive identification. A K9 officer performs the typical job duties of a police officer, with a trained dog to assist them in tasks requiring a more animalistic sense of location and speed.
K9 handlers may work on search and rescue teams, for law enforcement. They evaluate dogs’ behavioral patterns, condition dogs for a specific purpose, and ensure that dogs’ basic needs are met.
Qualifications of a K9 Handler
• The ideal candidate for this role would be a highly-motivated retired law enforcement officer or individual with prior military experience.
•Military service, preferably in a combat deployment; or
•Military K9 handler role, with a full military handler course; or
•Law enforcement role, with a completed accredited Law Enforcement Academy (Municipal/State/Federal): or
•Municipal or federal correctional officer, including attending a full time accredited LE/Corrections Academy (must have enforcement responsibilities)
K9 Handler Responsibilities
• Partnering with a trained Explosive Detection Canine partner to conduct searches in/at assigned client sites, including corporate buildings, loading docks, delivery vehicles, open areas and/or other situations as needed.
• Assisting and liaising effectively with the client’s security manager, law enforcement agencies, security personnel, and local partners or their representatives in the execution of the security protocols as agreed to and described in the specific post orders for each post.
• Being available for incident/emergency response duty, standby duty, and client demonstrations, which includes weekends, holidays, nights and overnights.
• Properly training the EDC, in accordance with Company policy, each day and ensuring his or her safety and well-being.