SKIDDS & CATS
Instructors

Attorney Gene Ramirez
Manning, Marder & Ramirez

Mr. Ramirez is a founding partner of the his law firm.  Mr. Ramirez specializes in defense of police misconduct and governmental tort suits in state and federal court.  Mr. Ramirez has acquired significant expertise on civil liability arising out of the use of force in law enforcement, especially in the areas of tactical teams and police service dogs.  Mr. Ramirez represents numerous police departments in southern California including L.A.P.D. and L.A.S.D. tactical and K-9 units.  Mr. Ramirez lectures to Swat and K-9 units nationwide and is on the advisory board for N.T.O.A., C.A.T.O. and the United States Police Canine Association.  Mr. Ramirez has also published several articles on police liability in numerous publications.  In 1993 Mr. Ramirez was awarded Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.  Mr. Ramirez started his career as a police officer for Whittier Police Department and Monterey Park Police Department.

Sergeant Jay Miller
Santa Ana Police Department

Sgt Miller began his law enforcement career in 1980 after completing his military service with the 101st Airborne.  Sergeant Miller worked for the US Border Patrol from 1980-1983.  In 1983 he moved to northern Utah and worked as patrol officer as well as a concurrent assignment to a multi jurisdictional Tactical Team.

In 1985 Sergeant Miller began his career with the Santa Ana Police Department located in Orange County, California. During his 23 years with Santa Ana he has had various assignments to include Patrol, Helicopter observer, Major Narcotics Investigator, FTO, FTO Coordinator, SWAT and he spent 9 years as a Patrol/Narcotics Canine Handler. During that time he also served as an entry canine team for the department’s SWAT Team. He currently has over 20 years assigned to the Tactical Team and serves as the CNT/Tactical Medic Team Leader.

Sgt. Miller is a POST instructor and judge for the Utah State SWAT-Dog program. Additionally, he was a member of the California POST Commission on SWAT, sitting on the Canine and Crisis Negotiations sub committees which developed the current POST recommendations for all California Tactical Teams. He is also a current California POST instructor having provided instruction in Narcotics, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Recognition, Patrol Procedures, Low light tactics, Canine and the FTO program having trained officers from throughout California as well as the National Park Service. Jay has trained police canine teams from all over the United States and is working to obtain his certification as a USPCA Judge. He has been an instructor for SKIDDS/CATS since Class #1. Additionally, he has authored articles on Canine and tactics related issues for the NTOA’s Tactical Edge, SWAT magazine and Guns & Weapons for LE.

Sgt. Miller continues to remain active in obtaining training having attended courses provided by the FBI, NTOA, DHS, DOJ, CATO and DEA and has attended multiple courses at Gunsite.

Corporal Pete Gallardo
West Covina Police Department

Cpl Gallardo began his career as a police officer in 1997 and has been with the West Covina Police Department since 2000.  Officer Gallardo has been a member of the Special Problems Detail (SWAT) for 10 years.  He is currently a Scout, responsible for mission planning, mission implementation and team training. 

Cpl Gallardo was a K9 handler for 5 years and had the opportunity to compete in several K9 competitions throughout the western United States.  Cpl Gallardo was also a SWAT dog handler for 5 years.   

Cpl Gallardo is a CA POST certified Range Master, NRA Certified Carbine and Shotgun Instructor, Chemical Agent and Less-Lethal Munitions Instructor, Ballistic Shield Instructor and Tactical Medic.  Cpl Gallardo also stays current with the most effective and current marksmanship principles by attending advanced weapons training courses offered by professional organizations throughout the country.     

Sergeant Bill Lewis (Retired)
Oxnard Police Department

Sgt Lewis (Retired) has over 30 years of law enforcement and instructor experience.  He retired in December 2005 from the Oxnard (CA) Police Department after serving over 27 years.  He was assigned to SWAT for over 25 years with 18 years served as a team leader.  He was a K9 handler for 4 years and served as the K9 supervisor for over 8 years.  Sgt. Lewis continues to teach SWAT personnel and K9 teams through his affiliations with Canine Tactical Operations, Gold Coast K9, and International Training Resources.  He is a regional representative for the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO) and a certifying official for the National Police Canine Association (NPCA).

Sergeant Lane Critser
Utah County Sheriff's Department, Utah

Sergeant Critser is a K9 Unit Supervisor with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. His duties include police service dog handler, field training officer and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team leader.  Lane served for 12 years as a Utah County SWAT Team Leader, one of six team leaders managing a 46-member multi-jurisdiction SWAT team. He was responsible for developing and conducting a five-day, 80-hour, SWAT selection course that is held annually and administered by SWAT team leaders. His responsibilities included primary pistol, primary carbine, less-lethal munitions/chemical and wilderness operations instructor. 

Lane developed the SWAT team policy and procedure for the multi-jurisdictional team and is responsible for managing and implementing training guidelines, training records and equipment purchases for the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. 

He is a Patrol/Narcotic and SWAT Dog Instructor/Judge for Utah POST. His experience as a Dog Handler has been from 1988-2008 where he worked avalanche, search/rescue, patrol, narcotics and SWAT dogs.  His duties also include in-house and basic training of a seven-member police service dog unit for the Utah County Sheriff Office and miscellaneous dogs and handlers from the region. 

Lane was a WPO Judge at the Internationale Polizei Meisterschaft in Hannover, Germany in 2000. Lane has trained local, state, federal and military agencies and handlers from North America, South America and Western Europe. Lane is an Adjunct Instructor for Utah POST,  K9TacOps and International Police K9. Lane recently accepted a transfer to a Major Crimes Unit as a supervisor.

Sgt Don Mitchell
Ontario Police Department

Sgt Mitchell has been an Ontario police officer since 1988.  During this time he has spent 9 years as a patrol and SWAT dog handler as well as a member of his department SWAT team since 1993.  Cpl Mitchell is also one of his departments weaponless defense and impact weapons instructors.  Cpl Mitchell is also the founder and past president of the Inland Empire Police K-9 Association.

Master Trainer - Corporal Phil Geisler
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Deputy Geisler has been a deputy for the last 30 years.  During his 9 years as a canine handler Deputy Geisler became very experienced in testifying at the state and federal court level regarding civil lawsuits.  After his 9 years as a K-9 handler Deputy Geisler transferred to the Special Weapons team known as S.E.B. During the last 9 years with S.E.B., Deputy Geisler has been assigned to gas, entry and sniper team.  He has trained with Navy Seals, Air Borne, Special Forces and Marines.  Because of his expertise Deputy Geisler has traveled throughout the United States teaching canine and Swat tactics. 
  
Ken Pavlick (Retired)
Canyon County Sheriff's Department, Idaho

Ken Pavlick has over 27 years experience with police working dogs starting in 1982 when he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. In his 4 years in the military, Ken was a patrol dog handler, explosive detector dog handler, narcotic detector dog handler, trainer and supervisor of a 27 dog detector dog section. Upon separating from the Air Force in 1986, Ken worked for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in Indio, California where he handled a patrol/narcotic detection canine, and also was a member with his canine of the department’s Emergency Services Team (SWAT). When he left the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office in 1994, Ken and his canine were responsible for the seizure of millions of dollars worth of currency and narcotics, the most notable being a 744 kilo cocaine seizure from a semi-truck.

After leaving the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Ken went to work for the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office in Caldwell Idaho in 1994. When he started working there, the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office had no K9 program. Under Ken’s guidance and direction, in 7 years the program had grown to 15 K9 teams. Ken was instrumental in writing the Idaho POST standards for Police canines. During this time, Ken also selected and trained over 20 detection dogs for other law enforcement agencies in the state of Idaho. Ken was also a member of the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, where he held positions as an entry team member, K9 handler, and later as a sniper/observer. Ken’s primary assignment was in the training division where he was a certified instructor in Weapon Retention, Chemical Agents, Patrol Tactics, Swat Tactics, Active Shooter, Patrol K9, Detection K9, and Swat K9. 

In 2003, Ken left full time law enforcement and moved to Custer, Washington where he opened Pacific Coast K9, a Police K9 kennel and training facility, where he specializes in sporting dog breeds for detection work. Ken is still a sworn reserve police officer in the state of Washington, as well as an Idaho POST, Utah POST and Washington state CJTC instructor.            
Officer Glen Anderson
Rialto Police Department

Officer Anderson started his law enforcement career in 1993 in Los Angeles County. In 1997 Officer Anderson lateraled to the Rialto Police Department and in 1999 became a member of the K-9 Unit and a SWAT Team member in 2000.  Officer Anderson is currently assigned to Rialto's K-9 Unit with his second cross trained K-9 partner "Gilley."  Officer Anderson is a senior SWAT Team operator and sniper for the Rialto Police Department. Officer Anderson also serves as Rialto SWAT Team's grenadier, scout, logistics and past assistant team leader as well as trained and operated Rialto's first SWAT K-9.

Officer Anderson is a member of the National Tactical Officer's Association (N.T.O.A.), the California Association of Tactical Officer's (C.A.T.O.) and the California Narcotic Canine Association (C.N.C.A.). Officer Anderson has written numerous articles for C.A.T.O. and the N.T.O.A. and is a California POST certified evaluator for patrol and detection K-9's. Officer Anderson is an N.T.O.A. instructor on active shooters, has served on the governor's Blue Ribbon Commission for SWAT K-9's and trained a K-9 with the FBI's Scent Evidence Team.  Officer Anderson is a graduate of the Gunsite Academy and

Officer Anderson is the current President of the Inland Empire Police K-9 Association (I.E.P.C.A.) He has also served as vice president and training coordinator for the I.E.P.C.A.

Sergeant Jeff Munn
West Covina Police Department

Sgt Munn has been a police officer since 1996 and a member of the SWAT team for 10 years.  Cpl Munn is a range master, and is an instructor in AR-15, MP-5, Glock armorer, Rappel Master and Force Options Instructor.  Cpl Munn has attended several advanced Swat Schools through LAPD and ITR.  Prior to his law enforcement career Cpl Munn was a tactical instructor for the Marine Corp, teaching Military  Operations in Urban Training (MOUT) and was the primary instructor for the (HRST) Helicopter Rope and Suspension Training Course.  Cpl Munn has taught over 100 agencies while in the military and law enforcement. 

Sergeant Scott Fitzgerald
Santa Clara Police Department

Sgt Fitzgerald has been employed with the Santa Clara Police Department since 1991.  His duties include being a K-9 handler and Special Response Team (SRT) member. He began handling a patrol/narcotics K-9 in 1995 and became a SRT team member in 1996. Since 1996 he has developed the SWAT dog program for his department and is currently handling his second dog on the SRT team. Along with his role on the team, he is also a California POST certified chemical agents instructor and a POST certified less-lethal instructor for extended range impact weapons.  Scott is a Utah POST certified SWAT dog instructor and judge, as well as a California POST certified K-9 evaluator. Scott developed the current K-9 policy his department is using, as well as several courses for in-house and ongoing training for patrol personnel. Scott has also instructed, around the country, at several International Police K-9 conferences.

Sergeant Danny Ramirez
Oak Brook Police Department, Illinois

Officer Danny Ramirez has been employed with the Oak Brook (IL) Police Department since January of 1997.  In 2000 Danny became a K-9 handler for Oak Brook PD.  In 2001 he has been a SWAT/K-9 Handler for a multi-agency SWAT team.  He serves as the Team Leader for the Canine Response Unit, a multi-agency unit that responds to high risk incidents. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Tactical Officers’ Association and as a Co-Chair for it's Canine Tactical Committee  Danny is a Certified Instructor of Patrol and SWAT K-9 Deployment by North East Multi-Regional Training. 

Master Police Officer Jeff Barrett
Lakeland Police Department, Florida

Master Officer Jeff Barrett has been a police officer in Lakeland Florida, for 22 years.  For the past 20 years he’s been assigned to the K-9 Unit where he is the Senior K-9 trainer and Coordinator for his 9 dog unit.  Jeff is the co-founder of the Canine Development Group and provides expert witness testimony and consulting in law enforcement K-9 related matters.  Jeff is also National Director for Field Training Operations.  Jeff is a certified K-9 Trainer and Evaluator with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  Jeff is also a certified Level II Trainer and Judge for the United States Police Canine Association.  Jeff is a current member of the NAPWDA and the USPCA where he serves as the President for Region One.

Officer Troy Johnson
Santa Clara Police Department

Officer Troy Johnsen has been an officer with the Santa Clara Police Department for 10 years.  Troy has been on the SWAT team for five years and a K9 handler for four years.  His duties as a K9 handler include patrol duties, narcotics detection, and containment/entry on SWAT operations.  Additionally, Troy is responsible for assisting with development of K9 training for the department and local law enforcement agencies.  Troy is a department range master.  He is also a California POST certified instructor for First Responder/Active Shooter Training and Search Tactics.

Lt Tommy Garcia (Retired)
West Covina Police Department

Lt. Garcia has been a police officer since 1980 and a SWAT member since 1984.  Lt. Garcia has been a sniper, scout, back-up, assistant team leader, team leader and Commander.  Lt. Garcia is a range master, MP5 instructor, H&K armorer instructor, pepper spray instructor and entry diversionary device instructor.  California P.O.S.T. considers Lt Garcia a Subject Matter Expert in tactics and firearms.  Because of this Lt. Garcia has traveled all over the United States and Europe.

Sgt Terry Anderson
Pasadena Police Department, Texas

Sgt Anderson is the supervisor for the Special Operations Division, which covers K9, SWAT and EOD.  Sgt. Anderson has been on SWAT since 1994.  He has been an operator on the primary assault team and a K9 SWAT handler.  He was eventually promoted to SWAT tactical Supervisor.

Sgt. Anderson has been a canine handler/trainer since 1991.   He worked a dual-purpose patrol and detection dog for 15 years and spent 5 years in narcotics working a dual-purpose canine. Since 1994 Sgt. Anderson has been President of National Police Canine Association.  He is also an Executive board member for SWGDOG and NEDCAB.

Sergeant Al Miller (Retired)
Sacramento Police Department

Sgt. Miller began his law enforcement career in 1986 with the Sacramento County Sheriff Department.  He retired in 2010 from the Sacramento Police Department where he worked Patrol, Bicycle unit and SWAT.  He was an officer in SWAT for four years and a SWAT Sgt - T/L for seven years.  During his tender in SWAT he was involved in 800 + critical incidents, with 500 of those as a team leader.

Sgt Miller is POST certified instructor in both handgun and rifle. He was the lead instructor for the rifle team and ranger master at Sacto PD. He has over 6000 hours of SWAT training including training by Navy Seals, FBI, LASO, H/K and Sig Arms. He is currently working in the field of Dignitary Protection and as an instructor in several related courses.

Officer Aaron Peterman
Lakeland Police Department, Florida

Officer Aaron Peterman began his career at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office (FL) in 1997 where he spent nearly four years primarily in the Tactical Drug and Narcotics Units. In 2000 Aaron went to the Lakeland Police Department where he was later assigned to SWAT while in the Street Crimes and Narcotics Units. While on SWAT, Aaron was an entry team member as well as a Rappel Master and competed at the SWAT Round-Up International Competition in Orange County, Florida numerous times.

In 2006 Aaron was assigned to the K-9 Unit and is a Florida Department of Law Enforcement certified K-9, Driving, and Firearms Trainer/Instructor. Aaron has instructed for Police K-9 Magazine Training and Consulting and the Florida SWAT Association (FSA). Aaron is a member of the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) and is currently the Central Vice President for Region 1 and Chairmen of the Training Committee in charge of training development for the Region.      
Corporal Brad Smith
West Covina Police Department (Retired)

Corporal Smith retired for the West Covina Police Department after 30 years of service in June 2010.  He  was a K9 handler for 20 years and a SWAT dog handler for 18 year. 

Corporal Smith is the founder of Canine Tactical Operations & Consulting or K9TacOps for short. Corporal Smith provides consulting services to law enforcement on K-9 related issues such as: dog and handler selection, oral boards, training, report writing, policy, case law, use of force, deployment tactics for K-9 patrol deployments and K-9 SWAT operations.  

Corporal Smith has provided Expert Witness Testimony and consulting to attorneys in criminal and civil cases regarding   K-9 and K-9 SWAT deployments in Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana and New Mexico.     
 
Cpl Smith also provides, basic & advanced CAnine Tactical Schools (CATS) for K-9 handlers and SWAT & K-9 Interaction During Deployment School (S.K.I.D.D.S.) for SWAT teams and K-9 units. 

Corporal Smith is currently N.T.O.A.'s National Canine Chairman and Subject Matter Expert for C.A.T.O.'s (California Association of Tactical Officers) on   K-9 Swat Deployment.  Officer Smith has taught thousands of officers throughout the United States, Brazil, Australia and Canada.  When asked I also do expert witness testimony on K-9 and K-9 SWAT related issues.

Corporal Smith has been working with California P.O.S.T. to update the Safety Guidelines for all classes certified by POST as well as working on K-9 SWAT  certifications for canines that deploy with SWAT.  Officer Smith is also on the   K-9 subcommittee for the SWAT Operational guidelines. 

He has been published in numerous publications on Canine SWAT Deployment and training.  Some of these publications include:  Tactical Edge, Tactical Response, Police K9 Magazine, Law & Order, Illinois Tactical Officer Association, Law Officer Magazine, Wisconsin Law Officer Canine Handler Association, Dog Sport, C.A.T.O. and Police Magazine. 

Corporal Smith is a graduate of P.O.S.T.'s Master Instructor Development Program (Class #5) where he designed and implemented the first and only P.O.S.T. approved canine Swat school in California and now Arizona. 

Corporal Smith has competed internationally as well as regionally in numerous police canine competitions.  He has won over 60 awards including 6 Grand Championships, 4 Reserve Grand Championships and 4 Top Agencies.  Officer Smith has also traveled to Europe and selected K-9's of his department and other departments. 

Corporal Smith has also traveled to Brazil on 5 occasions to teach the Brazilian State Military Police and other police K9 units throughout Brazil.