Tactical Tracker Teams: Guide to High Risk Manhunt Operations

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9781577791485: Tactical Tracker Teams: Guide to High Risk Manhunt Operations

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Tactical Tracker Teams was written to help K-9 handlers and tactical units to prepare and execute a high risk manhunt safely and effectively. Based upon personal experience and years of teaching, Schettler offers realistic recommendations and practical guidelines to assist in the planning and preparation for a fugitive hunt. High risk trailing is a team operation no matter if conducted by an assigned tactical tracking team or a hastily assembled patrol team. This book will benefit everyone involved with the tracking team, including handlers, cover officers, supervisors, operational commanders and support personnel.

Tactical Tracker Teams is not a this is my way, this is the only way instructional book. Schettler admits making mistakes some that could have cost him his life. However, those mistakes have made him a better trainer and the lessons learned are readily and openly shared in this book.

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About the Author:

Jeff Schettler is a retired police K9 handler who worked for the City of Alameda and County of Amador in California and was attached to the FBI s Hostage Rescue Teams K9 Assistance Program for two years. This program was designed to locate and apprehend high-risk fugitives on the run. Jeff has worked hundreds of trailing cases across the USA and is a specialist in the areas of tactical tracking applications. Schettler is a certified military trainer graduating from the prestigious US Army s Leadership Academy also known as Drill Sergeant School. He currently trains K9 teams all over the world.

Jeff s work has been seen on CNN, ABC, CBS, Unsolved Mysteries, and Mythbusters. He is considered an expert witness in tracking/ trailing. Jeff is the author of four books on K9 Tracking Work published by Alpine Publications and writes for K9 Cop Magazine.

Review:

Jeff Schettler s newest book K9 Trailing: Tactical Tracking Teams should be required reading for any K9 handler who tracks fugitives with a police dog in a rural environment or wilderness area arguably the most dangerous job in law enforcement today. A handler and dog tracking alone or separated from a tactical support team during a high risk manhunt is a liability and no longer acceptable. Tactical Tracking Teams provides invaluable and practical recommendations and guidelines to minimize risk and prepare a team for a deployment. The emphasis on teamwork and the chapter on proximity alerts along with the practical application and realistic training recommendations may literally save the lives of handlers or team members during searches. You may not be able to attend a training course on tactical tracking team operations with Jeff Schettler, but you can take advantage of his experience by reading Tactical Tracking Teams today. --Sergeant Bill Lewis II (Retired)

Mr. Schettler states this book covers tactical operations for K9 units in WILDERNESS AREAS. This is not a book for a City K-9 Officer who does most of his tracking in Urban areas.
Ninety percent of the book talks about rural tracking. The author does an outstanding job covering all aspects of an ambush at the end of a track. This would be extremely helpful to City Officers also.
I found this book to be an EZ read and to be very informative, but it does not cover any training methods for training a dog to track. It is geared to the experienced Police Tracking Team. Over all I really liked this book, again as I said, it was an easy read, well written with good use of illustrations. I would recommend this book to any Experienced County officer, or anyone who does the most tracking in rural areas.
This is not a book on how to teach your dog to track or basic tracking, rather it is a book for the experienced Police K9 Tracking Handler.
I believe the Urban Officer spends most of his time teaching his K9 to track in the urban environment, over hard surfaces, around distractions and people, and we do not spend any kind of time on the threat of an ambush at the end of our track.
I teach a 40 hour basic Tracking Class in Riverside, CA and found several things in this book, about what to do at the end of a track, useful.
This is a book for the experience K9 tracking team, not the novice.
I do recommend it, to all Tactical Tracking Teams. --E.M. Nicks, Midland Police Retired, Adlerhorst International

This is a book that all law enforcement officers handling a tracking or trailing dog should read. It is also a book that every k9 supervisor, SWAT, or back up team working with a trailing dog in high risk deployments should utilize as training.
Having read Jeff Schettler s first and second books, Red Dog Rising and K9 Trailing; Book 1: The Straightest Path, I was happy to see that this book, like Red Dog Rising, was easy to read and contained plenty of advice based on real life experience. The book is short enough anyone should be able to find the time to read it. The information is concise and realistic without extraneous examples and descriptions. It has plenty of good photos and diagrams to illustrate points made in the text.
Jeff Schettler covers some of the history of tactical tracking or trailing, the elements of the team (trailing dog, handler and tactical operators), equipment, proper support elements (air, water and ground support, observation posts, EMS and command post), proximity alerts, details of high and low risk tactical trails, and how to train tactical teams. He stresses that training before deployment is the most essential part of creating a tactical team.
K9 handlers that have read some of Jeff s writings in other publications may have heard of the proximity alert which he explains he learned from combat tracker teams that operated in Vietnam. For K9 handlers, Jeff stresses that learning a trailing dog s proximity alert and enhancing that behavior will probably save the handler s life or those of the team.
K9 handlers know that they need to take back up officers on tracks, but often sufficient back up is not available. Too often handlers deploy without proper back up because time is of the essence. Jeff s book can help any K9 handler to understand the risks involved and take steps to mitigate at least some of these risks. More importantly, it can serve as a guide for creating and training a proper tactical tracking team. After reading this book, a K9 handler should pass it on to other officers, supervisors and those with the resources to form a proper K9 back up team.
I know a number of police K9 handlers who often undertake high risk tracks without back up. I did some felony tracks with back up when I was an active K9 handler, and I trained enough with other officers in tactical tracking trainings to know vulnerable officers can be on a track. Being part of a properly trained team would have been very comforting on some of those tracks rather than trying to low crawl and track at the same time. I am impressed enough with the book that I plan to buy several copies and pass them on to my active K-9 friends who I know will be undertaking risky tracks in the future. --Deborah Palman, Maine Warden Service (ret.)

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