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Working K-9 Seminar
June 10th-14th
Owego, NY

K9 Handlers Seminar June 10th-14th, 2024 Owego, New York

Registration deadline June 1, 2023

The Owego NY Police Department and the Southern Tier Police Canine Association Incorporated will be hosting a working Police Service Dog Team seminar.

Training will be conducted for the following deployment profiles:  Protection, Problem Solving, Tracking, Explosive and Narcotics Scent Detection

Instructors:  (BIOS APPEAR BELOW)

Duane Shaffer

Gary Creed

Additional Trainers being added often keep checking back.


New York State Testing/Certification Available, along with independent Association Testing/Certification Available for Eastern Police Canine Association Inc ( .  

Lunch provided daily and included in fee.  

K-9 Team Seminar Cost $225.00

Phone contact:  Larry Vanek (607) 343-1487


Retired Staff Sergeant Royal Canadian Mounted Police Senior Trainer and acting Officer in Charge of RCMP Training Centre

Gary joined the RCMP in 1992 and at the completion of basic training was posted to General Duties in Coronach, Saskatchewan.  In 1997 he was transferred to Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan.  During his time in Saskatchewan, Gary was actively involved in the RCMP Police Dog Service Imprinting program.  This program involved raising potential police dogs for the RCMP.  After 6 years and 6 potential puppies, Gary was accepted into the RCMP Police Dog Service.  Gary completed dog training in 2000 and was posted to Kelowna, BC.  Gary worked 3 different police dogs while stationed in Kelowna, Dasty, Axel, and Rocket.  Gary was trained in all aspects of police dog work including tracking, searching, criminal apprehension, obedience, ERT, Tactical teams, explosive and narcotic searching, land and avalanche Search and Rescue.  In 2012, Gary was promoted to the RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre as a pre trainer where he oversaw the imprinting program and help prepare dog for formal training.  In 2014, Gary was promoted to a Trainer for the RCMP PDS where he trained police dog teams in all aspects of Police work.  In 2017, Gary was promoted to his current position of RCMP Police Dog Service Senior Trainer where he is responsible for all aspect of the RCMP PDS training program along with the annual validations for all RCMP dogs in Canada.  

Gary will assist in tracking and scent detection and will present his Fentanyl detection program that he developed.


Trainer TSA Miami Dade, FL

Duane is a well-known trainer and has handled a K-9 as a patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant and captain, the unit’s supervisor with the Binghamton, NY Police Department retiring as such.  Duane is currently a sworn officer with the Owego, NY Police Department.  Duane is one of the founders of EPCA and STPCA.  Duane is one of the directors of EPCA and STPCA.  Duane is the president of the EPCA as well as an examiner, and trainer for EPCA and STPCA. 

2024 Registration Form (click on DOCX button)

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