Canine Program Management – Palm Springs

October 24 - 26, 2018   |   Palm Springs, CA

The class is currently full.  Please email Ashley Tillman, Training Coordinator at to be placed on a waitlist.

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Palm Springs Police Department
Classroom 101-B
200 S. Civic Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Parking Instructions:
Training center is located at the front of the department along with parking. Once the parking lot is full, parking is available in front of the station on the street, or at the K9 field parking lot which is located right next door to us. (There is a second driveway you come to on your left from the corner of Tahquitz Canyon Way and Civic Drive)

Class Hours

8:00am – 5:00pm

Course Control Number

POST Plan III, Course Control Number: 9100-24070-18-001

Course Description

Updated and Revised! Gain insight into creating a program, improving an existing one and meeting standards to make your program successful.

After attending this program, you will be better able to:
• Determine demand at your department.
• Select canines.
• Select handlers.
• Identify potential training issues.
• Manage record keeping.
• Identify use of force issues.
• Evaluate civil liability.

Students are not required to have prior experience handling a police canine.

Registration Fee: $280.00

Online registration is encouraged.  Please click the Register Now link at the top of this page.

The easiest way to register a group of individuals is using our online system. To choose group registration, click the registration link at the top of this page. Login to our system or create an account. Then, on the registration page, click the second blue button indicating group registration for your agency. On the following screen, click the green button that says “Register an Attendee” and search for attendees you wish to register. Follow the prompts to complete the registration process.

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing. All cancellations are subject to a $15 administrative fee.
There will be no refund for cancellations received 15 days or less prior to the start date of the course. Refunds will not be given for no-shows.

Substitution Policy:

CPOA encourages you to make a substitution if a student cannot attend the course; substitutions will be accepted prior to the course in writing and on-site.

*Registration Policy:

CPOA will not register anyone for a class unless payment has been received in full. If you are not able to provide payment with registration you may provide a credit card to hold the seat. However, all students must be paid in full 10 days prior to the class. If payment is not received and a card has been given to hold the seat, it will be charged.

Courtyard by Marriott Palm Springs
1300 Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(Government rate: $95 plus taxes)

Vanessa Perera – General Manager
(760) 322-6100

Who Should Attend:

Law enforcement supervisors, managers and executive managers.


Captain Charles Husted – Sacramento Police Department

Captain Charles Husted has served at the Sacramento Police Department for 28 years. He currently manages the East Patrol Command. Prior management and supervisory assignments have included Crisis Negotiation Team Commander, Outreach & Engagement Section, North Command Executive Lieutenant, Internal Affairs, School Resource Officer Unit, and Gang Investigations Team. Captain Husted served as the President of the Sacramento Police Activities League and as a member of the California Peace Officers Association Training Committee and is a long-standing member of the POST Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted committee. Since 2008, Captain Husted has studied and provided instruction in Disproportionate Minority Contact and Implicit Bias curriculum to law enforcement, school district employees, faith-based groups, and community groups. Additionally, Captain Husted leads the Sacramento Police Department’s Fair and Impartial Policing training team and is a Procedural Justice trainer for the U.S. COPS Office national training team. Captain Husted’s career has been one focused on community service and compassion. He has a heart for assisting others and strives to bring diverse groups together for effective collaboration.

Steve Oliveira Lieutenant Steve Oliveira – Sacramento PD

Lt. Steve Oliveira joined the Sacramento Police Department in 1994. He was a Field Training Officer and worked assignments in Patrol, Problem Oriented Policing and Investigations, including the Homicide Unit. Steve was promoted to Sergeant in 2005 and assigned to the Patrol Division. In 2006, he was selected as the supervisor of the K9 Unit where he not only managed the 9-member team, but handled two patrol trained German Shepherds during his tenure.  His second K9 partner was cross-trained in Explosives/Firearm Detection and Article Searching. He was also assigned as a SWAT/K9 handler. Steve was promoted to Lieutenant in 2013 and has had assignments as a Watch Commander and managing the Internal Affairs Division and Professional Standards Unit. He currently oversees the Training Division, which includes the Sacramento Police Academy, EVOC, FTO Program and the In-Service Training Unit.

Roger Kinney

Sgt. Roger Kinney joined the West Sacramento Police Department in 2000. He served as a K-9 handler for 14 years, handling three multi-purpose, patrol, narcotic detection, article-searching and SWAT dogs. He served on the POST Committee for the 2014 update to the K-9 guidelines. Prior to 2001, he worked at other departments as a patrol officer, correctional officer, school resource officer and field training officer since 1986. He now supervises the Community Services Unit and is the department PIO. As a collateral duty he supervises the K-9 unit, assists with basic and weekly K-9 training for several agencies and judges WSPCA competitions.

Bruce Praet - new Bruce Praet, JD – Ferguson, Praet, & Sherman

Bruce Praet spent ten years as a police officer in Orange County working patrol, detectives and K9. After finishing law school, Bruce started as Assistant General Counsel at the Los Angeles Police Protective League. In 1987, he was a founding partner in the Orange County law firm of Ferguson, Praet & Sherman where he continues to specialize in defending officer involved shootings, K9 liability, pursuits and use of force cases for agencies and officers across the state in federal court. In 1998, Bruce and Gordon Graham founded Lexipol which continues to provide state-of-the-art customized policies for over 90% of law enforcement in California and more than 3000 agencies across the nation. Bruce also continues to serve on various POST committees and teach POST courses in K9 liability, Officer Involved Shootings, Internal Affairs and Executive Development.