Our Instructors

K9 training - Instructors at Top Dog Police K9

From top left:  Chase Reese, Kevin Cole, Katrina Gomes, Cienna Anderson, Blake Daffron

We are blessed with this group of hard working individuals!  
They are dedicated to working with and taking excellent care of our
dogs in the kennel.  Kennels are cleaned and dogs are exercised daily.
Katrina has taken the lead on keeping our kennel running smoothly.  
Chase, Kevin, Cienna and Blake also decoy for agencies during K9 training.
They are invaluable!

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 35 years in the business and almost 21,000 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.

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.

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.

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.

Jason Massey

Jason Massey Instructor for Top Dop Police K9

Jason served in law enforcement for over 30 years. He served 12 years as Security Police in the United States Air Force and the remainder of his career with the Manteca Police Department.

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He worked two dogs on patrol until his recent retirement to join us at Top Dog Police K9 as one of our lead Trainers. Jason brings a wealth of knowledge and loves teamwork. His goal in training is not just to train the dog, but to teach the handler.

Jason has advanced experience in SWAT K9, decoy/agitator, and is a certified POST K9 Evaluator. He was a firearms instructor and a long rifle instructor. His trainings are always well planned out. Jason says, “If you’re not early, you’re late”. 

Kailee Whitaker

Kailee Whitaker - K9 trainer for Top Dog Police K9

Kailee joined Top Dog Police K9 in February of 2020. She was our first female decoy and she has quickly become very good at her job.

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Kailee has goals for her future in some sort of peace officer position. She is now one of our full-time staff not only decoys, but cares for the dog in the kennel. She has developed a knowledge base in a short period of time.


Steve Lathrop

Steve Lathrop - K9 trainer for Top Dog Police K9

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 Unit Supervisor/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 valued consultant and has assisted in Commanders Course and Tracking Courses.

Top Dog Police K9 Training and Consulting, LLC

19091 CA Hwy 120
Ripon, CA 95366

Phone: 209-596-4336

Email: toppdog97@yahoo.com


Mon 09:00 am – 05:00 pm
Tue 09:00 am – 05:00 pm
Wed 09:00 am – 05:00 pm
Thu 09:00 am – 05:00 pm
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