August 19-22, 2021

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Northwest K9 SAR Boot Camp:

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The HRD class is now full. Trailing and HRD observation spots are still open!

Sirens Sound-ing, it’s a crime scene!

A search can turn into a crime scene any time anywhere. Will you be prepared? Really prepared? Go beyond the normal crime scene class and come to the beautiful Pacific Northwest for our 3rd annual Northwest K9 SAR Boot Camp:


Mary Cablk, Ph.D.

Mary is both a law enforcement affiliated K9 handler and a research scientist who studies canine detection. She is an auxiliary deputy with multiple Sheriff Offices in the State of Nevada and the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office. She is an agent of and resource to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services as their SAR K9 instructor and expert and is the president of one of California’s three sanctioned SAR K9 teams. She has served the National Park Service, is a founding member of three Sheriff Office specialized K9 Units in Nevada and has searched throughout the country as a resource to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Over the past 20 years Mary has deployed to hundreds of searches for federal, state and local agencies in multiple disciplines across the western U.S. She has received commendations for her efforts, among those from the US Navy and the State of California Governor’s Office. A member of the Nevada Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) K9 Standards Committee, she participated in the development of standards for K9 disciplines in the state and adheres to those standards with her K9s. She is a Nevada POST Canine Evaluator and California POST certified instructor. She is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves in advisory capacity to their standards board tasked with revising federal K9 standards.

Mary has professional training in fields related to K9 training and supporting disciplines. She is qualified in multiple states as an expert in subjects pertaining to detection dogs, training, handlers, and the science of olfaction, and has qualified as an expert on her own K9s. Mary’s work has taken her to Africa, Europe, central Asia and Central America. Her research has been highlighted in popular media such as the New York Times, National Geographic, Scientific American, High Country News, Audubon, and various books. Mary currently works a single purpose HRD/water certified Belgian malinois.

Mary is an Associate Research Professor at the Desert Research Institute and an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada Reno. She has conducted and published studies on detection dogs in various fields including human remains and wildlife detection. She is the owner of Detection Science Solutions LLC, a small business that develops defensible K9 programs and conducts expert witness consultation. Through her business Mary has taught law enforcement and civilian K9 handlers and has created successful K9 detection programs for agencies. She has expertise applied to the following K9 disciplines: explosives, evidence, human remains, live people, narcotics, trailing, and wildlife detection.

Angelyn Gates, J.D.

Angelyn started her K9 SAR career in 2008 in California. Since that time, she has become a deployable K9 handler with three SAR teams (CARDA, SWSD, and SCK9SAR) and certified in Trailing, HRD and water. Angelyn has taught at WASARCON, SAREX, and SARCity and trained many trailing handlers at other seminars and one-on-one over the last six years. Angelyn learned her trailing skills from Master trainers Jeff Schettler, Chris Weeks, and Jonni Joyce. Angelyn focuses her trailing training on discovering the unique characteristics of each K9 team. She believes that while foundational trailing skills are consistent, the manner in which each individual team utilizes those skills is unique. Time must be spent with each team discovering the nuances that will make that team successful. Angelyn believes that training should always have reliability of the team and reality of the search in mind.

Angelyn has been a criminal attorney for 30 years. She obtained her Juris Doctorate at the top 10 nationally ranked Hastings College of the Law in 1988 and graduated in the top of her class. Angelyn began her legal career as a prosecutor with the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office. After moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles, she embarked on a long and nationally recognized criminal law career. Before retiring from criminal law in 2018, Angelyn had been certified by the California State Bar as a Criminal Law Specialist and tried well over 100 jury trials around the United States in both state and federal courts. She has established law in multiple states and filed criminal appellate briefs before the California Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has appeared and argued cases before multiple appellate court panels. She has held positions with State District Attorneys offices, the U.S. Attorney and the California Supreme Court. As a K9 SAR handler for over 10 years, Ms. Gates is in a unique position to consider how K9 SAR searches interface with the criminal justice system.

Ms. Gates has presented courses and held open forum discussions at various seminars and conferences focusing on issues unique to the K9 SAR volunteer, including what they should know and how to maneuver through the system should a handler find themself involved in a criminal matter. Discussed also are some pitfalls and previous criminal cases where K9 volunteer and police officer training and testimony have become pivotal points in court – some to the detriment of the process. Angelyn teaches that knowledge is a necessary element of preparation for the time when a search becomes a criminal investigation.

Northwest K9 SAR Boot Camp Registration

    * A $50 deposit is due at time of registration. The remaining is due by May 31st. 

    If mailing a check please make payable to SCK9SAR and mail to Angelyn Gates, 1004 Commercial Avenue #501, Anacortes WA 98221. Please make sure your check arrives by May 31st.

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