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Police K9 as a Use of Force

May 14


Police K9 as a Use of Force: How K9 Teams Fit Into 21st Century Policing

Presented by: Red Team K9 Consulting & Evaluation, LLC

Hosted by: Eden Prairie PD

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

$125 (includes lunch)


To register, click here.



This course is for K9 handlers, K9 administrators and all first line supervisors. Also, Chief administrative team members as well as attorneys at law serving as corporation counsel for cities and municipalities.

Now more than ever, police administrators are looking for help in understanding the issues facing police K9 Units, specifically, with regard to police K9 as a use of force. The question is; how does one gain knowledge of policy, procedure and best practices to be used in an effort to assist in both K9 operations as well as to help mitigate liability? Red Team Police K-9 Consulting & Evaluation and the Eden Prairie Police Department have partnered together to provide you with a conference detailing steps that you can take today to protect your agency and your handler.

Join Sgt. Mark Ficcadenti (Ret) of the St. Paul Police Dept. and the featured instructional team of Lieutenant Steve Pearson (Ret), Brooklyn Park Police Dept.-- Officer Andrew Helgerson, Eagan Police Dept. -- Officer Vince Bingaman (Ret), Phoenix Police Dept., as they take you through the evolution of police K9 operations and dissect issues contributing to the demise of police K9 in the United States.

Attendee will earn 9 hours of POST continuing education credits.

Lunch is provided.



• Evolution of K9 Training

• The Changing Role of Police K9

• K9 Selection Process

• Best Practices

• Liability

• Tactics

• Canine Officer Involved Shootings

. Canine Legal Update

• Case Law in the Formation of Policy

• Accidental Bites

• Bite Injury Mitigation

• Body Worn Cameras

• Administrative Review Processes

Following the presentation all presenters will be taking Q&A.

Sergeant Mark Ficcadenti (Ret.) St. Paul Police Department

Sergeant Mark Ficcadenti (Ret) is a thirty-two-year veteran law enforcement officer, retired from the Saint Paul, Minnesota Police Department. He served 22 years as a member of the department’s canine unit, the last 13 years as head trainer. Sergeant Ficcadenti is a police instructor in the areas of use of force, use of canine and SWAT canine tactics, policy and risk management to include bite wound mitigation. He has developed SWAT/Canine deployment tactics and protocols used today for high risk entry and search operations Sergeant Ficcadenti is regularly called upon consults with both local City and County Attorneys regarding cases pertaining to the use of police dogs. He has testified at trial as an expert witness in Federal Court.

Sergeant Ficcadenti is certified by the United States Police Canine Association, (USPCA) as a Level lll trainer of patrol and detector dogs. He is also certified as a national judge of police service dog teams

He is the President and CEO of Red Team Police K-9 Consulting & Evaluation, LLC.

Jason Hiveley, Attorney at Law

Jason is a Partner with Iverson Reuvers & Condon and has been with the firm since 2003. He practices in the defense of municipal liability claims, civil rights lawsuits and commercial litigation. Jason has handled numerous jury trials in State and Federal Court and has argued several times before the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. He also conducts training seminars for law enforcement agencies across the state.

Lieutenant Steve Pearson (Ret.) Brooklyn Park Police Department

Lieutenant Steve Pearson retired from the Brooklyn Park Minnesota Police Department in 2010 after 30 years of service. During his career he served as a canine handler, canine unit supervisor as well as the units head trainer. He spent ten years as the departments SWAT team Commander. In his canine capacities, Lieutenant Pearson realized the difficulty in acquiring quality police service dog candidates. In1994 he began importing police service dog candidates from Europe, now used for both patrol and detector dog work.

Lieutenant Pearson is certified by the United States Police Canine Association as a Level II trainer of both patrol and detector dogs. He is also a nationally certified Judge. He is also certified by the National Police Canine Association as a police dog trainer and Judge.

Lieutenant Pearson is the owner of Performance Kennels Inc. He supplies police agencies with police service dog candidates and continues to train both dual and single purpose patrol and detector dogs.

Officer Vince Bingaman (Ret.) Phoenix Arizona Police Department

Officer Vince Bingaman retired from the Phoenix Arizona Police Department after 30 years of service. Officer Bingaman served 20 years in the K9 unit and 13 years as the unit’s lead trainer. He specializes in advanced tactical applications and operations. Officer Bingaman has been involved in five deadly force encounters throughout his canine career. He now serves as an expert witness specializing in issues related to canine use of force, liability, and supervision.

As the owner of Civil Dog USA Consulting, he continues to assist police departments with canine use of force issues as well as providing advanced training for canine teams throughout Arizona and the region.

Officer Andrew Helgerson, Eagan Police Department

Officer Andrew Helgerson has 20-years of law enforcement experience in Wisconsin and Minnesota serving the last 18 years with the Eagan Minnesota Police Department; he has served as a canine handler for 15 years and is currently working his second patrol dog crossed trained in narcotics detection and a SWAT profile. Officer Helgerson trains and maintains police canine teams throughout the region in human scent detection with an emphasis on tracking. Officer Helgerson specializes in decoy development as well as problem-solving.

He is certified by the United States Police Canine Association as a Level I trainer; a trainer of both patrol and detector dogs.

Andrew owns and operates Minnesota Canine Consulting, LLC, through which he provides training and support for regional law enforcement agencies.


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