Instructor Bios

Ron Cloward – President & CEO

Ron Cloward - President & CEO of Top Dog Police K9

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. 

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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, secretary and president again for 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. 

Ron has a passion to take K9 training to a higher level believing in more scenario based trainings that make better and safer teams. 

William (Bill) Jones

Bill Jones

Bill has been a police officer in the state of California for over 27 years. He is retired from Modesto Police Department.

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Bill’s career with Modesto Police Dept started in 1997 and within a year he was accepted into the K9 unit. Prior to Modesto Police Department, Bill worked for 10 years with The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

He has been working with Canines for going on 20 years. During Bill’s 20-year career in working with canines, he has worked 2 Canines (14 years), both being a German Shepard and Belgium Malinois.

Bill 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. He currently serves as the Treasurer for Western States Police Canine Association. 

Debra Borges

Debra Borges

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.

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This included 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

Robert Eden

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.

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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.

Steve Lathrop

Steve Lathrop

Steve is a retired Sheriff’s Department Patrol Sergeant with extensive experience  and training in Patrol, SWAT and K9. He retired as Tactical Commander and K9 UnitSupervisor/Trainer. 

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He has been training K9s and K9 teams throughout the US and most recently Iraq for the past 30 years. Steve’s experience working with multiple agencies both local and federal brings an important understanding of individual department training needs.

He is passionate about training teams to their highest level of performance, good is never good enough and his training style reflects that!  Steve believes that just as in canine training, handlers excel best through a positive reinforcement learning environment. 

Steve is a Certified Trainer in the following disciplines: Patrol, Detection, Tactical Operations. Providing instruction and training to Law Enforcement Canine Supervisors, Trainers, Handlers and Canines at departments throughout the United States. 

Steve is also recognized as an EOD K9 Handler and Trainer serving  in  

Baghdad Iraq at the US Embassy for the past few years.

Grant Flory

Grant Flory

Grant is a retired police officer from the Manteca Police Department. Grant served in K9 for over 25 years. He was a handler, assistant trainer, trainer and unit supervisor.

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Grant brings a wealth of information and is very passionate about obedience work. 

Grant serves with W.S.P.C.A. as a judge and assist with the annual K9 conference in Reno.

Bob Wright

Bob Wright

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. 

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He served 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 a 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.

Jason Ortiz Jr.

Jason Ortiz Jr.

Jason is the youngest member of our staff. He has been with us since August of 2018 and serves in our kennels and as a decoy. 

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He has become very skilled at the decoy position. Another decoy who is considered a part of the training staff and another reason our training is successful.   

Jimmy Davenport

Jimmy Davenport

Jimmie  Davenport is our lead trainer in Texas. Jimmie recently retired as a 28 plus year member of the Austin, Tx.  Police Department.

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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

Sgt. Billy Holbert

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. 

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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.

Top Dog Police K9 Training and Consulting, LLC

19091 CA Hwy 120
Ripon, CA 95366

Phone: 209-596-4336

Email: toppdog97@yahoo.com

Hours

Mon09:00 am – 05:00 pm
Tue09:00 am – 05:00 pm
Wed09:00 am – 05:00 pm
Thu09:00 am – 05:00 pm
Fri09:00 am – 05:00 pm
SatClosed
SunClosed

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