Our February training weekend has just been completed. We welcomed a number of new students this month, went on a night navigation session, completed an annual re-assessment, continued with cadaver land, cadaver water, live person air scenting, collapsed buildings/confined spaces search work and had fruitful meetings to discuss the introduction of a K9 Search Support Operations certificate with Ian Plater.
More information will be published on this course in the coming weeks once we have had NASDU approval.
Ryan Gray was also presented with his Level 3 Certificate for Live Person (Air Scenting).
Here are some photos from the last session.
David Jones has now moved to Andalusia to run another course with members of the region’s mountain rescue, fire & rescue and police. See photos below:
David Jones is currently in Valencia delivering training to members of the Spanish Army, Fire Service, Police and Mountain Rescue. See photos below:
2019 started on a positive note with 4 handlers and their dogs attending our monthly training weekend in Penmaenmawr. The handlers travelled from Yorkshire and Essex for the 3 day session where we continued with work on three pathways namely Level 3 Certificate in Air Scenting (live person), Level 3 Cadaver (land) and Level 3 Cadaver (water).
All handlers and their dogs are making very good progress in the respective pathways and building up their guided learning hours in preparation for final assessments in the coming months.
We are also looking forward to welcoming some new trainee handlers and their dogs in February so please keep an look out for photos and an update next month.
Here are a few photos of the training in action from January's training.
Our December training weekend in the Penmaenmawr area has just finished which resulted in two dog and handler teams successfully completing final assessments.
Firstly, Ryan and Search Dog Max from Northern Ireland (who was featured in our news section in October) passed their final assessment for the Level 3 Live Person (air scenting) qualification. For their final assessment Ryan and Max were required to search an area of 25 acres and located two "missing persons/bodies" within an allotted time frame.
Our second successful pair were Lizzie and Bailey who passed their Level 3 Cadaver Detection (Land) qualification. Lizzie and Bailey were required to conduct an open area search as well as grid search to locate their target.
Our other attendees were involved in Continuous Training (CT) which they undertake on a monthly basis on order to keep their skills and knowledge up to date in preparation for annual reassessments.
See photos from the weekend and for further information on training please check our downloads section or send us an email.
Business innovation event @ Leicester Innovation hub
30th November 2018
University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Forensics Connect was established in 2017 with its core element to bring together forensic experts in a wide range of specialisms. The fundamentals of the company were to explore and understand forensic taphonomy and in turn the post mortem interval (PMI) using forensic chemistry in ways that had not been utilised before. The company also aimed to dispel the misconceptions and limited understanding that was had when hearing of forensic taphonomy and how it related to investigations in a huge array of contexts and situations. Coupled with this, the methods of searching and locating deceased, or remains, from a wide variety of contexts using multiple techniques and specialists aided by forensic chemistry was also looked at so at to optimise an investigation.
This event showcased the many consultants that forensics connect has access to, one in particular is UK-K9. This partnership investigates the three elements that forms the company: research, consultancy and training. Our researchers at the University of Leicester are looking at the chemical composition of human remains, to establish a better understanding as to what is being detected. The training and consultancy aspects of this alliance relates to crime scene investigation, and how we improve forensic practitioner knowledge to better understand the process of human decay as well as provide a high quality service of forensic science.
On Tuesday 30th October Ryan and his dog Max was requested to assist in the search for a missing female in the Bangor (Northern Ireland) area who had been missing since Monday morning, 29th October.
This is Max’s first find and although not qualified yet, he is a great asset for getting loved ones home.
Ryan and Max are currently undergoing training with our senior instructor David Jones in Penmaenmawr and we at UK-K9 Training for Excellence are delighted with this news and look forward to congratulating the pair at our next training weekend in North Wales in November.
3 representatives from the Spanish Armed Forces Reservists visited us in North Wales earlier this month. We had very productive meetings to discuss future planned work as well as giving the team a whistle stop tour of North Wales. David Jones was also presented with a certificate confirming his position as honorary Captain to enable him to train members of the Armed Forces Reservists in Spain.
Following further conversations between UK-K9 and the Armed Forces Reservists of Spain. We are pleased to announce that David Jones our lead instructor has been awarded the position of honorary Captain by the Association Unit of Armed Forces Reservists of Spain. David will be taking the lead on all dog and handler training of personnel within the Armed Forces reserves.
A successful training weekend to place between the 14th and 17th September in Penmaenmawr, North Wales. 5 handlers concentrated on developing their skills in Cadaver (Land), Cadaver (Water) and Live Person (Air Scenting).
We were also very please to present Bryan Glass, Graham Kemp and Qaisar Ali with their NASDU Level 3 Certificate - Detection Dog Handler (Victim Water Submerged Cadaver).
Dave Jones had an excellent visit last week to our partners in Spain. All of us at UK-K9 are looking forward to this new challenge probably one of the most exciting projects we are about to undertake.