The Detector Dog Services International Team

Ron Mistafa

Ron began his K9 training career in 1985 during his 16 year membership in the Calgary Police Service. A few years later he began working with an explosives detection dog and became an integral part of the security team ensuring the safety of the 1988 Olympics. In 1989 he was appointed Unit Trainer of the Calgary Police Service Canine Unit, responsible for training and certifying all patrol dog handlers, drug detector dog handlers and explosive detection dog handlers, along with their dogs. He also provided K9 training to other police services across western Canada, and participated in numerous training courses, including:

  • An extensive and intensive Instructor’s Certification Course under the direction of Wendell Nope, Training judge affiliated with Landerspoliseischule fur Dierthundalfuhrer in Stukenbrock, West Germany
  • Advanced Canine Tactical Deployment Course
  • Police Explosives Technicians Assistant Course
  • An FBI search and rescue seminar providing instruction on bloodhound training, cadaver recovery, canine field emergency medical procedures, drug detector training, tactical tracking techniques, explosive detector training and canine liabilities
  • A Canine/SWAT unit anti-terrorism seminar
  • A Canine/SWAT unit Hostage/Barricaded Suspects Negotiators Course

Ron also completely amended the Calgary Police Service Canine Training Manual (approximately 600 pages), bringing it up to Diensthundordnungprofung (DPO) Standards. He also completed a study on pepper spray and police service dogs which was published in the Canadian Police Canine Association Quarterly and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Gazette.

Since leaving the police force Ron has gained extensive experience in every aspect of detection dog services. Highlights include:

  • Providing explosives sanitization for various G8 summits
  • Training specialized search dog teams deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan for the Joint IED Defeat Task Force (JIEDTF)
  • Training landmine detection dog handlers for deployment in Afghanistan by the 577 Engineers
  • Developing and training specialized search dog squad leaders on the SSD Continuation and Certification Standards program
  • Developing an advanced SSD training course at Fort Leonard Wood
  • Developing a 230-page training and standards manual for the Halifax Regional Police Service Dog Unit, covering all aspects of aircraft and airport explosive detection, as well as Explosive Detector Dog (EDD) unit management and budgeting
  • Setting up a United Nations demining winter training site in Bosnia that resulted in dog teams becoming the first ever to successfully complete the UN test 100 percent on the first attempt and the first ever to use the marked lane system during testing and regular mine clearance work
  • Developing landmine detection dog course training standards for Bosnia on behalf of the United Nations Mine Action Centre
  • Retaining the position of Director of EDD Training, Program Management Skills and Instruction (Chief Instructor) in Bosnia for the Canadian Foreign Affairs department, with duties that included acquiring, testing and transporting dogs, choosing handlers, developing breeding programs, preparing training infrastructure for levels I to VI, developing Standard Operating Procedures, maintenance training standards and certification standards, and obtaining and preparing landmines and ordnances for training fields
  • Training members of the United Nations International Police Task Force
  • Participating in the 1997 Landmine Treaty signing in Ottawa
  • Creating EDD Course Training Standards for the City of Calgary Police Service Canine Unit and the City of Winnipeg Police Service Dog Unit using Level I Aerodrome duties and security
  • Providing pre-trained explosive detection dogs, narcotic detection dogs, regular patrol duty dogs and training for many other police services, in areas such as Medicine Hat, Prince Albert, Spokane County and Regina
  • Providing security consultation services for the oil and gas industry through workshops focused on high risk searching with manual search teams in North America or foreign countries
  • Working with Bison Security Group to complete drug and alcohol searches of rig camps for large oil and gas companies
  • Providing explosives sanitization for the Global Petroleum Conference and the Oil Sands Petroleum Conference
  • Publishing a book called “K-9 Explosives Detection – A Manual for Trainers”

Ron is an active member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI).

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