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Water recovery of human remains is an important and complicated aspect of locating missing persons: Some of the facts include:
Drowning Accidents: (Swimming, Boating, etc.); Homicide: (Evidence Disposal or Intended Drowning); Natural Disaster Drowning: (Flooding, Hurricane, Tsunami); Suicide; Autism: (People- especially children with Autism have a high attraction to water); Dementia: (Wandering Due to Confusion); Psychological Disorders/Drug Use/Slips from water falls/water ways.
While we will have variety of boats allocated to course instruction, student capacity will be limited to 12 HRD K9 handlers due to the duration it takes with each dog/handler in water craft situations. In addition, while most training will occur at various and beautiful lakes in Jackson County North Carolina, the last day of training will be at the Forensic Osteology Research Station at Western Carolina University where K9s will be imprinted on large source (full and partial cadavers at various levels of decomposition).
The cost of the course will be $450 per K9, and includes boxed lunches at lake(s) on Friday and Saturday, as well as a WCU Water Recovery K9 Training T-shirt.
Our courses typically fill within the hour of open registration, but we will have a “wait list” created and should there be enough interest- we will host another course in November.
While we will have a “socialization” boat available to build the confidence of the K9 and handler, it is expected that the working dog that attends this course has had previous exposure and comfort in water crafts as well as has been imprinted on human remains in water sources, and has a fully-trained final response. While we will accept novice K9s and handlers (because we are always asked if we will) the expectation of the handler should match the experience of the K9.
For area lodging options visit: www.mountainlovers.com. Be sure to ask for a "WCU" rate if the hotels offers it.
Edwin Grant - Active K9 handler/trainer, Retired Game Warden, NCMEC TAC, SBI HRD Task Force, Department of Homeland Security Reunification Team, Necrosearch, Kenyon International member, etc),
Dr. Lisa Briggs - Active K9 handler/trainer, Criminologist, Director Emergency and Disaster Management Program, Director WCU HRD K9 Program, NCMEC TAC, SBI HRD Task Force, Department of Homeland Security Reunification Team, etc),
NOTE: All participants will be required to follow federal, state and university COVID
practices that exist at the time of the training. Currently, facemasks are required
inside all university buildings but are not required outside.
Our Cadaver Dog Training Workshops are held on the campus in Cullowhee, North Carolina. The workshops are offered in cooperation with the Forensic Osteology Research Station and the Emergency and Disaster Management Program at WCU.
These land-based workshops allow participants to work search areas including grassy fields, mountainous terrain, urban environments, buildings, and vehicles. Participants will have the opportunity to work a wide range of source materials; including the ability to expose their dogs to full body decomposition in the Forensic Osteology Research Station (FOREST).