The Southern Tier Police Canine Association Incorporated

Will be sponsoring an Advanced Handlers and Problem-Solving Seminar hosted by the Owego New York Police 

The seminar will be held at 161 McMaster St, Owego, NY

(Owego Fire Training Site)

0830 Hrs

June 13th –17th 2022

UPDATE 5/4/22

K9 Power Wake developer Frank Pagano will be on location to do a presentation on the K9 Power Wake ( June 16th, 2022 SEE BELOW

This is a working K-9 Team Seminar with Nationally and Internationally

known trainers who will be providing training in the following deployment profiles.


Staff Sergeant Scott Barber (retired) Royal Canadian Mounted Police will lead the tracking training which will focus on Problem Solving, Development, Urban & Rural Environments and present his Training An Effective Tracking Police K9 Using Royal Canadian Mount Police Methodology  


Staff Sergeant Gary Creed Royal Canadian Mounted Police Senior Trainer and acting Officer in Charge of RCMP Training Centre will assist in tracking and scent detection and will present his Fentanyl detection program that he developed


Sergeant Tony Patricola (retired) Tony will work with teams on problem solving for any deployment profile, and with any team seeking certification testing with the Eastern Police Canine Association.


Captain Duane Shaffer (retired) is now a Canine Trainer for the TSA based out of Miami FL and will lead the Scent Detection:  Narcotics/Explosives training.


Rik Wolterbeek formerly certified regional and national KNPV decoy for over 15 years in Holland and over 40 years training K9’s for patrol, tracking, scent detection and obedience, Rik is an expert with Dutch Shepherds and Malinois and will focus on protection, patrol, decoy training and problem solving




Refer to the Instructors Section for our trainer’s resumes.



K-9 Team Seminar Cost $200.00

Lunch Provided Daily


New York State Testing/Certification Available

Eastern Police Canine Association Testing/Certification Available


Meeting Location: 161 McMasters Street, Owego, New York (Owego Fire Training Site)

Contact telephone number (607) 343-1487


Questions or concerns contact:

                             SEMINAR COORDINATOR:

                             Larry Vanek:

(607) 343-1487





Make Your Own Hotel Reservations

Recommended Lodging:

Courtyard by Marriott Binghamton

3801 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY 13850

(607) 644-1000


Developer-Frank Pagano retired K9 Sergeant and Instructor.  Worked for DOS in Iraq and provided K9 security to the US embassy.  25 plus years as a K9 handler and instructor

Frank will be joined by:

Seth A. Gordon a former Inspector with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Seth is a highly trained security and emergency management specialist (GS-14),and has conducted various operational and security training in two countries.  He has deployed with Oketz Units overseas for search and rescue operations and has his certification for explosives detection canine handling from Lackland Air Force Base.  Seth has written multiple articles in the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI).  Seth can be reached at