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    POLICE DOG CHAMPIONSHIP COMMENTATOR

    TIM TIEKEN

    Tim Tieken and K9-in-Training Titus
    Tim Tieken is retired Training Master of the Seattle Police Department K9-Unit. He trained his first narcotics detection dog in 1972 and worked police generalist dogs on the street from 1974 to 1984, making approximately 500 cases where the dog found the suspect or article of evidence. Becoming full-time Training Master in 1984, he established innovative academic standards and extended the Seattle Police K9 Academy’s basic training time to improve overall performance and emphasize tracking. He stepped down from Training Master in 1996 and retired from SPD in 1997.

    During his tenure with SPD-K9, Tim founded the Washington State Police Canine Association (WSPCA), the certifying agency for the State of Washington, and was its first elected president. He was instrumental in establishing standards within WSPCA and Washington state. He has judged police dog trials, administrated certification tests, and was recognized by the WSPCA as a Master Trainer in the categories of Police Dog Generalist, Narcotics Detection Dog and Explosive Detection Dog. Tim will be providing commentary and analysis of the Police Dog trials and filing in-depth interviews with the championship competitors.

  • FEATURE ARTICLES

    • The Competitive K9 by Tim Tieken. "The main intent of the obedience segment is to show that the dog is under the control of the handler..."

    • Message from Germany by 1999 International Police Dog Champion Uli Gerling. "... our team felt like we were welcomed into a great family..."

    • Reno Police Internationals Wrap by Chris Madsen. "The enthusiasm -- especially that demonstrated by the spectators in the stands -- for our competitors was fantastic. ..."

    • Officer Brett Simon & K9 Hero Lucky by Tim Tieken. "On Friday morning prior to the day's competition, I had the opportunity to speak with Officer Brett Simon of the Miami, Ohio Police Department. ..."

    • WPO '99 Tracking by Tim Tieken. "... I have come to a greater appreciation of the stark contrast between the tracking conditions in which I customarily work and the conditions at the 1999 International Police Canine Championships in Reno..."

    • Notes from BSP '99 by Peggy Glanz. "The entries for the International Police Canine Championship include some of the top German and American police canines who just competed at the BSP/Int'l Police Canine Championship in Augsburg, Germany ..."

    • WPO Champions Light Up Reno by Chris Madsen. "The 1999 International Police Dog Championships in Reno, Nevada November 3-7, 1999 will have its best field in years -- six Americans and six Germans ..."