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Utah POST K-9 Program: Detector Dog Training

July 11 - September 1

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Click on the the Inquiry-Registration Packet link below or Contact Sgt. Wendell Nope via email at wnope@utah.gov or cell phone 801-209-5790.

K-9 Program Inquiry-Registration

In-Service Training – K-9 Program

General Information:

The K-9 Program provides training and POST certification for Patrol, Narcotics, Cadaver, Explosives, SWAT, Search/Rescue, or Tracking/Trailing Dogs.  Training and certification standards are Reality -Based.  Handlers, Instructors, and Judges are trained simultaneously within each scheduled course.  Handler, Instructor, or Judge certifications are offered.  Courses are 8 weeks duration.  Dormitory rooms and an on-site kennel are available. No tuition is required for Utah officers.


A training course for Handlers, Instructors, and Judges of Detector Dogs. The curriculum is founded in street-realistic training concepts and includes in-depth instruction for Handlers training their own Detector Dogs, Instructors training Detector Dogs or Handlers, and Judges training Detector Dogs, Handlers, or Instructors and also evaluating/certifying Dogs, Handlers, and Instructors. Handlers are supervised closely as they train their own dogs, with the intent that the Handlers may be autonomous upon graduation. Instructors are supervised closely as they train Handlers and their Detector Dogs, providing considerable “student teaching” opportunities. Judges are supervised closely as they evaluate Detector Dogs, Handlers, and Instructors throughout the course. All three skill levels are taught simultaneously via an innovative “Tiered Skill Level” training environment. Detector Dog categories include Narcotics, Explosives, and other categories when sufficient requests are received. Enrollment in multiple categories is by permission only. Certification may be acquired in each of these skill-sets via Single-Blind examinations.


July 11
September 1


Utah POST K-9 Program


Salt Lake City, UT