Instructor Bios

Ron Cloward - President & CEO

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Ron Cloward retired Lieutenant with the Modesto Police Department. Ron has over 30 years in the business and almost 15,000 hours of K-9 training experience. 

Ron handled three different police dogs during his 26 year career.  Ron and his final partner, Pele, were named the Top Dog and Top Competitor in 1997.  Ron served as the trainer for the Modesto PD's 14 team dog unit, after he was promoted to sergeant in 2000.  In 2005, Ron was promoted to lieutenant and became the K-9 unit commander.  He continued to serve as the trainer of the unit until he retired in 2011.

Ron is well respected in the K-9 community and has been a member of Western States Police Canine Association for 25 years.  He has served as the president of W. S. P. C . A., and served on a committee for California P.O.S.T.  He has taught in conferences across the country and has authored numerous articles featured in Police K-9 Magazine. 

William (Bill) Jones

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William has been a police officer in the state of California for over 25 years. He is currently a police officer with the Modesto Police Dept. Prior to Modesto PD William worked for 10 years with The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He worked dogs for 14 years. During William’s 14-year career in working canines, he has worked 2 Canines, both being a German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois. William along with his canine partners have won numerous trophies in competition in W.S.P.C.A trials. This includes in the 2008-competition season overall- “Top Narcotics Canine Team” and “Top Competitor”. Both he and his canines have been credited for hundreds of arrests and seizures of both narcotics and money. William is a certified “P.O.S.T” canine evaluator and instructor. He is also the former President of the Modesto Police Canine Association, which is a non-profit organization.

Dedra Borges

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Sgt. Dedra Borges (Retired) served with the Ceres Police Department in California.

During her tenure she worked various assignments during her career from 1984 until retirement in 2012, including patrol, investigations, traffic, SWAT, K9, FTO, corporal and Sergeant.

In 1994 she established the departments K9 unit, subsequently overseeing the unit for 18 years.  During that time she worked 4 dogs.  Two apprehension only K9's, one dual trained K9 and one narcotic only K9.

Dedra has been training dogs since she was 16 years old.  She has instructed public obedience classes, trained and competed in the sport of Schutzhund and trained with various police departments up and down Northern California and Nevada. 

Robert (Bob) Eden

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Bob Eden is a 28 year retired police veteran with over 35 years of  dog training experience in law enforcement, military and personal  protection applications. In his final years of law enforcement he was a  detective with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit  investigating organized crime.  Early in his career he developed the  Delta Police K9 Unit and served as the lead police dog trainer for the  Department for 16 years.  He is the author of two books, "Dog Training  For Law Enforcement" and "K9 Officers Manual", and currently working on a  third. In 1988 Bob was appointed to the B.C. Police Commission's  committee to create minimum police dog training standards for law  enforcement agencies in the province of British Columbia.  In  1991 he created and developed the International Police K9 Conference.  He has also authored articles and columns in such periodicals as "Police Magazine", ” Police K9 Magazine”, “K9 Cop  Magazine”, "Law and Order", "Police and Security News", "Finland's  Rottweiler Magazine", "The Police K9 Recruiter" and "Offlead Magazine"  from Australia. In 1994 he created the The Police Dog Home Page on the Internet which has become a standard resource page on the net for law enforcement K9 operations.

Cameron Ford

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Cameron Ford has been in K-9 for 24 years.
First serving the U.S. Air Force as a Military Working Dog Handler. Working Bomb/Patrol and Drug Patrol dogs.  Cameron is one of very few American’s ever to attend the German Polizei working dog school in Eckenbach Germany. Cameron also attended and trained at the Dutch Politie Scent Dog School in Nunspeet Holland.
Police officer in FL and TX, working as a K-9 handler, State instructor, State evaluator, and SWAT operator.  In recent years worked in the Government Contractor field overseeing training and deployment of over 300 K-9 teams in the middle east.
Guest Speaker at HITS, K-9 Cop Conference, Western States Canine Assoc. Pacific Northwest Canine Assoc. Colorado Police Canine Assoc. Contributing Editor Police K-9 Magazine and K-9 Cop Magazine.
Former Sr. Instructor / Multi-Purpose Canine for Naval Special Warfare Group 1 (SEAL Teams 1,3,5 and 7) and is currently a CA POST K-9 Team Evaluator. In addition, currently working with Duke University on canine cognition as it relates to patrol and detection dogs. 

Steve Lathrop

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Steve Lathrop is a former Patrol Sergeant with Maine’s largest sheriff’s department covering 14 towns and three islands, an area spanning over 860 square miles. While working in law enforcement he was a Dual Purpose K9 handler/ trainer. Steve was also his department’s K9 Unit supervisor dedicating himself to producing some of the best K9 teams in the state. He has been training police, military and personal protection canines for the past 25 plus years. He was also instrumental in establishing Maine’s Law Enforcement Academy training standards for all canine teams in Maine. Steve is a veteran member of the department’s tactical team serving as core entry, team leader, designated marksmen and team commander. He has provide K9 assistance to many agencies including the U.S Marshals, DEA, and U.S Coast Guard, along with state and local departments. After his law enforcement career he has gone on to travel the US, South America and Middle East training canine teams in all disciplines.  Using his experience and knowledge Steve shares his passion for consistent positive reinforcement training techniques in a way that all can understand and learn from.

Jimmy Davenport

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Jimmie  Davenport is our lead trainer in Texas. Jimmie recently retired as a 28 plus year member of the Austin, Tx.  Police Department.  He spent 23 years in the K9 Unit.  His duties  have included setting up advanced training within the his K9 Unit for  new and experienced handlers.

Jimmie also has served as SWAT K9 for ten years and helped design  the SWAT K9 program currently in use.  Jimmie has also  written K9 training columns for SWAT magazine, Police K9 Magazine and  International Police Working Dog Association.

Jimmie  has presented classes and hands on training in Reno for Western States  Police Canine Association for the past four years. He is a talented and  true professional.

Sgt. Billy Holbert

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Billy has been a police officer for over 20 years in the State of Texas. He has worked Patrol, FTO, SWAT and K-9. He is currently the K-9 Sergeant / Trainer at the Allen Police Department where he has been since 1997. He has been working canines since 1999 to include 4 partners of his own. Billy is a Certifying Official / Instructor in “Patrol” and “Narcotic Detection” with NNDDA (National Narcotic Detector Dog Association) and has instructed in numerous National Conferences. He has also served as a Trial Judge for many competitions to include the K-9 Trials at the Texas Police Games for several years. Billy has had the opportunity to work with multiple departments in establishing new K-9 programs and/or evaluating their current ones. Billy looks forward to continuing his path in K-9 and the future opportunities it will bring to train with K-9 teams and departments across the Nation. 

Bob Wright

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Bob recently retired after 31 years with the Niagara Regional Police in Ontario, Canada. The majority of Bob’s time has been on the Emergency Services side of policing, serving with both the canine and tactical teams. Bob’s operational experience includes commanding over 50 major incidents such as hostage takings and barricaded gunmen situations giving him a great understanding of the need for the integration of both Canine and Tactical Teams.  Bob came to Policing after serving as a Sergeant in the Canadian Army, with operational experience in the Middle East. Bob’s primary interests are tactics and officer safety. He has been very active instructor at seminars and conferences throughout North America for more than 25 years and continues to provide expertise worldwide through his company, L.E.S. Consulting. Bob is a qualified expert witness and has authored numerous articles on the use of Police Service Dogs and Tactics. Bob has a Master’s Degree from the University of Guelph, a Bachelor’s Degree from Brock University and a Diploma in Police Management from the University of Western Ontario.