Peters, John M.

John M. Peters is an attorney who has been practicing police liability law in the state and federal courts for 40 years. When not in court, John participates in decoy work, tracking, aggression and obedience for sport and at the many police canine workshops he attends. John’s legal and canine backgrounds led to requests for him to serve as an author, instructor and legal adviser to the police canine community where his canine legal seminars are in high demand. You can contact John at:

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