Millbern, Ryan

ICRWDA President and Wynn Resorts K9 Program Manager Ryan Millbern has over 17 years of K-9 management, training and handling experience within Law Enforcement, High Threat Overseas Security Contracting and Domestic Security Operations. This experience includes standing up new K-9 programs, existing K-9 program assessment and improvement protocols, creating K-9 program specific corporate and law enforcement policies/SOPs, developing operational deployment strategies and establishing K-9 and handler testing and selection procedures.

Ryan has also trained scores of Police, Contract and Security working dogs and handlers in numerous disciplines including explosives detection, narcotics detection, wildlife conservation detection, human remains detection, bed bug detection, scent discriminate trailing, patrol apprehension and personal protection. He has obtained Trainer and Handler certifications from various entities including ATF, DEA, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of State, Colorado Police Canine Association, North American Police Work Dog Association, United States Police Canine Association, Southern Coast K9, Silver State K9, Ford K9 Training, and Hill Country Dog Center. Additionally, Ryan more than doubled sales and dramatically increased product quality, educational enrichment, brand reputation and integrity during his tenure as the Director of Working Dog Operations with a struggling Police K-9 Handler School/Trainer school in North Carolina.

Ryan is a retired Police Officer, North Carolina Board of Community Colleges approved Police K-9 Master Trainer School Instructor, a human borne explosives decoy currently supporting TSA’s National Explosives Detection Canine Training Program (NEDCTP) at airports across the United States and presently holds a federal security clearance. Ryan is also proud to serve as the Senior Program Manager of K-9 Operations for Wynn Resorts Las Vegas, overseeing a large multi-threat vector K-9 Unit tasked with the protection of over 13,000 employees and guests across the sprawling Forbes 5-Star rated resort.


ICRWDA is the world’s leading hospitality and resort security focused K-9 association. ICRWDA’s mission is to support Casino, Resort and Private Security K-9 handlers with cost-free professional training and to provide K-9 Subject Matter Experts to any entity in the hospitality/resort/tourism industry looking to create new K-9 programs or to improve their existing K-9 assets. ICRWDA also provides scholarship opportunities for Security and Law Enforcement K-9 teams to attend K-9 training conferences across the globe. ICRWDA is a registered 501c3 Non-Profit organization. For more information visit us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube or

Class: Reality Based K-9 Training and US Based Operations for LE/Commercial Explosives Detection Teams

The demand for competent explosives detection teams in the United States is growing exponentially, yet the bulk of EDD teams across the nation remain undertrained, underfunded and underutilized. Are you and your dog truly ready to face today’s explosive threat environment? Do your training techniques reflect what you actually face? Join ICRWDA President and Wynn Resorts K9 Program Manager, Ryan Millbern, as he covers RBT protocols that are specific to modern explosives detection K-9 teams including planning, documentation, safety protocols, K-9 vs Handler learning objectives, Single Purpose vs Dual Purpose K-9s and cost-effective, real-world training scenarios designed to increase capabilities and confidence. Ryan will also be discussing best practice operational techniques for US based LE and commercial explosive detection teams to maximize capabilities with limited EDD resources to better address current explosive threats to the US homeland. Topics will include proactive vs reactive sweeps in commercial environments, area prioritization, post-blast search protocols and communications with venue management, LE and Bomb Squad personnel.