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Instructors

In the field of K-9 training you would be hard pressed to find a staff of trainers possessing the level of experience that is collectively found here at Police Canine Consultants. We are not civilian trainers. Every member of our training staff is currently or has been a certified law enforcement officer, a working handler and certified trainer. For more than 15 years, the trainers at Police Canine Consultants have worked closely together and are all fully invested in the importance of “Reality Based Training”. The relationships and techniques developed over this time are unique in the field of Canine Training. Each member of the training staff brings a high level of expertise to the training experience and they are eager to pass on their knowledge.

Marc Plunske

Marc Plunske

Marc Plunske has been in law enforcement since 1986 and a K-9 officer since 1992. He is currently assigned to the Sunrise Police Department, Broward County, Florida. Marc is working on his third dog which is a dual purpose canine. He has been a certified State of Florida K-9 Instructor since 1997 and is also a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) certified K-9 Team Evaluator. Marc has taught numerous K-9 academies and trained well over 100 K-9 teams in South Florida in patrol and detection. He currently supervises weekly training for more than 10 surrounding police agencies, (Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties), and has trained hundreds of teams at K-9 seminars conducted throughout the United States. Marc specializes in K-9 Team "problem solving", positive reinforcement training and stresses the importance of Reality Based Training. Marc is the owner and founder of Police Canine Consultants.

Memberships (Past and Present)

  • National Police Canine Association
  • United States Police Canine Association
  • American Working Dogs
  • North American Work Dog Association
  • International Law Enforcement Educators And Trainers Association
  • Dogs Against Drugs / Dogs Against Crime
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Chad Bishop

Chad Bishop

Chad Bishop has been a Police Officer for the Town of Davie Police Department, in South Florida, since 1997. Chad has been working and training patrol and detection dogs since 2002. He is a certified State of Florida FDLE K-9 Team Instructor. Chad has trained over 60 K-9 teams in South Florida and currently acts as an instructor and coordinator in weekly K-9 patrol and detection training for several surrounding police agencies (Broward, Dade and Palm Beach Counties). He has trained hundreds of teams during K-9 seminars conducted throughout the South East United States and is currently working his second patrol / narcotics dog.

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Steve Sprouse

Steve Sprouse

Steve Sprouse has been in law enforcement since 1983 and a K-9 officer since 1988. He is currently the trainer for the Broward County Sheriff's Office, located in South East Florida. Steve has been an FDLE certified canine instructor since 1993. He is a USPCA regional patrol dog and detection dog judge. He has competed and placed as high as first place in numerous regional and national police canine events but believes training for the street takes priority. Steve's third dog was one of five dogs in the nation to receive "Honorable Mention" in the AKC 2002 Law Enforcement Dog of the Year award. Steve and his canine partners throughout his career have been involved in hundreds of K-9 apprehensions, many resulting in canine use of force. In 1989, Steve was shot and seriously wounded in a K-9 deployment and has since been involved in the importance of training for reality. He has lectured and taught numerous K-9 classes and seminars throughout the U.S. and has had several canine training articles published in popular police K-9 publications.

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Sgt. Kevin Keitz

Sgt. Kevin Keitz

Sgt. Kevin Keitz has been in Law Enforcement since 1979 and a K-9 Handler since 1987. Most recently, he served as the K-9 Unit Supervisor and Trainer for the Seminole Police Department, Broward County, Florida for four and a half years. Kevin retired from the Hollywood Police Department, in South Florida, after 25 years of service where he served as the K-9 Unit Trainer/Handler and at one time was an active member of the SWAT Team. Kevin is a certified State of Florida K-9 Team Trainer and Evaluator. Kevin has given instruction in a number of K-9 Seminars throughout the United States as well as numerous K-9 Work Dog and Detection Schools in South Florida. In 1997 and 2001, Kevin was involved in shooting incidents during canine deployments one of which resulted in the loss of one of his canines. These experiences are why Kevin stresses the importance of "Reality Based Training".

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Aaron Vandenhouten

Aaron Vandenhouten

Aaron Vandenhouten is a patrol and narcotics dog handler with the Plantation Police Department, Broward County Florida and is currently the unit trainer. Aaron has been in Law Enforcement for 1996 and has been working / training dogs since 2003. Aaron is a certified canine team instructor and has given instruction in a number of patrol dog academies and seminars. In addition, he currently coordinates weekly training for a multi-agency K-9 training group with approximately 10 agencies from throughout Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Aaron was previously a member of the department’s SWAT team and is a certified firearms instructor and rappel master.

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Keven Sweat

Keven Sweat has been a Police Officer for the City of Sunrise Police Department, in South Florida, since 1997 and an active member of the department’s K-9 unit since 2002 working both patrol and detection dogs. He has been a certified FDLE Canine Team Instructor since 2008 and a Certified FDLE Canine Evaluator since 2009. Keven has trained over 20 K-9 teams in South Florida for patrol and over 50 teams in detection. He has an active role as an instructor and coordinator in weekly K-9 patrol and detection training for several surrounding police agencies (Broward, Dade and Palm Beach Counties).

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