Coley, Paul

Paul Coley – Founder & CEO, Scent Evidence K9

Paul is a former FBI Forensic Canine Operations Specialist and has dedicated his entire career to public service in the fields of education, law enforcement, criminal justice, investigations, forensics, and emergency management.

Paul founded Scent Evidence K9 in 2012 to help communities and law enforcement agencies improve their methods of locating missing persons. Like many other canine handlers, Paul faced the challenge of finding an effective scent article during deployments. He developed the life-saving Scent Preservation Kit® and “The SEKR” Scent Evidence Collection Vacuum to provide K9 Trailing responders with uncontaminated scent articles and on-scene scent collection methods that increase location success while reducing the time it takes to find a target.

Paul also created the first standardized Human Scent Discriminate and Electronic Communication Device (ECD/Cell Phone) Scent Detection K9 Training programs and operates training facilities in Tallahassee, FL and Bolivar, TN that provide world-class scent discriminate K9’s and training for law enforcement handlers and professional SAR Teams across the U.S. and internationally.

Scent Evidence K9 is pioneering the integration of UAS/drone technology into the K9 Trailing process with the Florida State University Emergency Management and Homeland Security Department. The use of drone overwatch during search deployments creates greater environmental visibility and safer working conditions for handlers and dogs. Paul has also developed the 3-Step Missing Person Response Protocol program that has been endorsed by the FSU EMHS department and is TN-POST certified.

By partnering with community organizations that serve populations at high risk of wandering and going missing, such as those with Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, and Autism, Coley has provided new public safety solutions for communities, families, and caregivers to prepare at-risk individuals before they go missing. In 2019, Scent Evidence partnered with Alzheimer’s Project to pass the Bringing the Lost Home Project bill in Florida to increase awareness and improve missing person response.

CLASS: Scent Discriminate K-9 Trailing – Saving Lives and Catching Bad Guys

Former FBI Forensic Canine Operations Specialist and Scent Evidence K9 Founder-CEO, Paul Coley, discusses how human scent discriminate K-9 trailing and scent collection technology is being utilized to produce more successful missing person and suspect search results. Paul will also discuss how trailing differs from tracking, the advantages of single-purpose K-9 deployment, and introduce new guidelines developed to improve search response methods.


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About Scent Evidence K9

Scent Evidence K9 is a Tallahassee-based international provider of effective scent discriminate systems and services that enable responders to find missing persons and bring them home safely. Former FBI Forensic Canine Operations Specialist, Paul Coley, founded the company in 2012 to develop a line of scent preservation products, and specialized K-9 training techniques that increase location success while decreasing find time.

Paul designed the innovative Scent Preservation Kit® to help community leaders and law enforcement agencies better serve their high-risk autism and dementia populations by mitigating risk and raising awareness. The Scent Preservation Kit® is now utilized as a proactive public safety measure by organizations across the country and internationally.