My name is Brad Smith.  After 30 years of service I retired from the West Covina Police Department in southern California in June 2010.  During my career I was a K9 handler for 20 years and a SWAT dog handler for 18 years.  Since 1999 I have been K9 Chairman for NTOA and Subject Matter Expert for California Association of Tacticl Officers. 

Canine Tactical Operations & Consulting

In 1997 I founder of Canine Tactical Operations & Consulting or K9TacOps for short.  I provide consulting services to law enforcement on K-9 related issues such as: dog and handler selection, oral boards, training, report writing, policy, case law, use of force, deployment tactics for K9 patrol deployments and K9 SWAT operations.  

I provide Expert Witness Testimony and consulting to attorneys in criminal and civil cases regarding K-9 and   K-9 SWAT deployments. 
I also provide basic & advanced CAnine Tactical Schools (CATS) for K-9 handlers and SWAT & K-9 Interaction During Deployment School (S.K.I.D.D.S.) for SWAT teams and K-9 units. 

Please go to my web site at for further information.

For my Master Instructor project in 1997 I designed the only POST certified SWAT and K-9 course, which brings SWAT and K-9 teams together for organized training.  The class is called S.K.I.D.D.S. which stands for Swat & K-9's Interacting During Deployment School.

For those that do not understand canines or have a misconception as to just how beneficial canines can be to a Swat team, S.K.I.D.D.S. is the answer.   The goal of this three day course will be to educate and train both canine handlers and the Swat team members on the deployment of police service dogs in a Swat operation.

At S.K.I.D.D.S. we will teach you approaches, entries, slow stealth and tactical team movements and searching techniques, safer arrest techniques along with team movement during live gunfire. The skills you will learn at S.K.I.D.D.S. will enhance your searching abilities and make your job safer and easier. 

After searching with SWAT I felt there should be very little difference in the way a patrol K-9 team searches for a suspect verses when SWAT and K-9’s search for a suspect.  I discovered there were no K-9 classes that taught these search tactics.  So I designed CATS, which stands for CAnine Tactical School.

CATS is for handlers and K-9's that need a little help before they train with their departments SWAT team. CATS is also for patrol K-9 teams that don't have a SWAT team, will never search with a SWAT team and need a class to improve their officer safety and searching techniques.   

The same techniques that are taught at S.K.I.D.D.S. are taught at CATS.
Both S.K.I.D.D.S. and CATS are open to all sworn police officers and military police who are currently members of their departments K-9 unit or Swat team.  Swat and K-9 supervisor are encouraged to attend.   
K9 Tac Ops Challenge Coins $18
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For those of you who collect Challenge coins I now have a SKIDDS coin commemorating my S.K.I.D.D.S. Class.  If you are interested in purchasing or trading for my coin please send me an email. 

K9 Tac Ops T-shirts    $25 
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For more information about Canine Tactical Operation & Consulting, S.K.I.D.D.S. or CATS please give me a call or send me an e-mail. 

Cell Phone:  626-523-4028

CAnine Tactical School
The only book of its kind
My new book, K9 Tactical Operations for Patrol and SWAT, will greatly benefit K9 handlers, SWAT operators, and patrol officers. 

K9 Tac Ops has already been reviewed and endorsed by SWAT and K9 trainers from across the United States.  These experts have on average over 20 plus years in their field and are affiliated with National Tactical Officers Association, California Association of Tactical Officers, Florida SWAT Associations, Michigan Tactical Officers Association, National Police Canine Association, United States Police Canine Association and North American Police Working Dog Association just to name a few.

You can check out the books reviews by going to Amazon and typing in K9 Tactical Operations in the search box. You can order from Amazon or directly from the editor, Joanne Wolfe, at  

Thanks again for your interest and support.  I hope you enjoy the book.