Peters, John M.

John has been instructing police canine handlers, supervisors and associations on the laws governing canine operations for more than fifteen years. His classes have been taught across the United States and have been attended by handlers from around the world who study how U.S. laws might be used as a model for their own nation’s canine programs. John combines forty years of trial and appellate practice in police litigation and a background in working dog sports to make his interactive class the best of its kind. You will leave this class with a better appreciation for what you do, why you do it and how to do it more effectively.

You can contact John at: caninelawyer@gmail.com.

Class: K-9 Legal

A dynamic and interactive class on the law affecting canine operations. Topics covered will include:

Session 1:

  • 4th Amendment Search and Seizure Overview
  • Vehicle Sniff and Search Rules
  • Vehicle Occupant Search
  • Private Residence Sniff Rules
  • Public Location Sniff Rules
  • EOD K-9
  • DNR K-9
  • K-9 School Sweep Rules
  • K-9 Narcotics Indication and Alert Standards
  • K-9 Certification Standards
  • Tracking Evidence

Session 2: 

  • K-9 After the Legalization of Marijuana
  • Mutual Aid Agreements Involving K-9
  • K-9 Record Keeping
  • Supervisory Liability
  • K-9 Use for Force Rules]
  • Pre-Deployment Warnings
  • Avoiding and Defending Civil Litigation
  • K-9 and Public Relations – Why It Matters