Smith, Brad

Brad Smith retired from the West Covina Police Department in southern California after 30 years of service. Brad was a handler and trainer for West Covina for 25 years and a SWAT dog handler for 18 years. Since 1999 Brad has been National K-9 Chairman for N.T.O.A. and a K-9 Subject Matter Expert for the California Association of Tactical Officers. Brad specializes in field tactics and officer safety.

Brad is a graduate of the California P.O.S.T. Master Instructor Development Program (Class 5). In 1997 Brad he designed and implemented a K-9 SWAT & K-9 Patrol Tactical School called S.K.I.D.D.S. and CATS skidds.com. Brad is also owner of Canine Tactical Operations and Consulting K9TacOps.com

Brad is the author of the book, K9 Tactical Operations for Patrol and SWAT. Brad is also the Co-author of K9’s in the Courtroom where he teaches about K9 Patrol and SWAT deployment / bite liability. Brad has published over 100 articles for a wide variety of publications on K-9 Swat Deployment and training.

Brad can be reached at Topdogwck1@aol.com or 626-523-4028.

Class: High Risk K-9 Patrol Operations and K-9 SWAT Deployment – S.K.I.D.D.S./CATS

For those that have a misconception as to how beneficial K-9s can be in a high-risk patrol operation or to a SWAT team this class is for you. We encourage all patrol officers, military, SWAT and supervisors to attend this class. You will learn how to utilize your dog to find the suspect quicker, yet safer, while maintaining your tactical advantage and officer safety.

We will discuss what to look for during your selection of a Tactical Patrol dog or SWAT dog as well as the handler. Learn how a properly trained patrol dog and the handler can be utilized during a in a high-risk patrol deployment or SWAT operation when it comes to tracking, barricaded suspects, approaches, entries, blind corners, room clearing, hallways, stairs, attics, crawl spaces, vehicle assaults, arrest techniques and even in a gas environment.


Class: Courtroom Testimony – Know the Answers to the Questions Before They’re Asked

Over the years, handlers have improved their training regimen, increased their monthly maintenance training and documentation and have improved their report writing skills. The one area that is still severely absent is their preparation for a deposition or testifying in a civil courtroom when it comes to answering the basic questions of your job.  Know the hard questions any good plaintiff’s attorney will ask you to be prepared to give the correct answer.