Michael W. Kmiecik, Owner, Consultant and Trainer
I am a 24-year law enforcement veteran and 15-year veteran police service and working dog
handler. I have handled multiple dogs specialized in patrol, narcotic-contraband detection and
human remains detection (including as a mobile field force canine operator). I have more than
8,000-hours of training in law enforcement and police service dog operations.
I am the recipient of numerous awards from the Bartlett (Illinois) Police Department (including Life Saving, Meritorious Service, Honorable Unit/Shift Citations and Officer of the Year), the Cook County (Illinois) Sheriff’s Office, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois D.A.R.E. Officer’s Association.
I am the lead instructor for Sheepdog Guardian Consulting and maintain the most comprehensive canine legal website, “Canine Legal Updates and Opinions” and contributed to K9 COP Magazine, and Police K9 Radio. I have taught and written about police service and working dog operations, industry standards and legal updates for 8-years. I am a committee member with the Illinois Tactical Officer’s Association K9 Committee (Subgroup: Patrol K9) and the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Working Group Canine Compliance.
Certified instructor in the following disciplines:
MEGGITT XVT firearms simulation
HFRG/PPCT Defensive Tactics
Use of Force
I have written expert witness opinions for cases in federal and state court. I am currently working with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board for a Subject Matter Expert content developer for a new Narcotic-contraband legal course initiative through the Executive Institute at Western Illinois University (requirement for all Illinois Narcotic-contraband Detection handlers, both new and renewal qualifications).
I bring a unique perspective to the police service and working dog legal update arena because I am not an attorney, but an active dog handler with a background as a former union chapter president and current designated officer-in-charge. I have dedicated my career to studying and researching use of force and K9 Legality.