Our Team

Mick Goodwin – Chief Executive OfficerMG Photo

Mick Goodwin heads up Dog Force Australia following a successful 29 year career with the NSW Police Force.

Mick finished his distinguished career as a Superintendent of Police and Commander of the New South Wales Police Force – Counter Terrorism & Special Tactics Command – State Protection Group Dog Unit – the largest canine law enforcement organisation in Australia.

As Commander of the NSW Police Dog Unit, Mick pioneered some cutting edge strategies including the introduction of the Detection Dog Breeding Program and the Dog Unit Regionalisation Project which introduced the deployment of police dogs to regional areas throughout NSW.

During his service as a senior officer with the NSW Police Force, Mick’s impressive list of credits include appointments as Operational Commander at the Bathurst V8 Supercar Motor Races (2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011), 2009 NRL Grand Final and the 2009 Australian Papal Visit.

Mick has vast experience in Human Resource Management and has delivered extensive training and development strategies in his former role as Commander of the NSW Police Dog Unit.

Mick has completed an Associate Diploma in Administration (University of Wollongong), Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, Diploma and Certificate IV in Security & Risk Management, Certificate III in Investigative Services and is an Approved Trainer with the NSW Police Force Security & Licensing Enforcement Directorate (SLED).

Mark Farrell – Director – Operations  IMG_0038 1

Mark is the Director – Operations at Dog Force Australia.

More recently Mark was the Managing Director of Farrell Holdings, a successful family business which has been operating in South Western Sydney for the past 40 years.

Mark possesses a wealth of experience in small business management and financial accounting systems. He has sound human resource and staff management skills.

Dave Wright

 Dave Wright retired from the New South Wales Police Dog Unit in 2015, where he has worked for the past 20 years. Dave joined the New South Wales Police where he worked in metropolitan Sydney in General and Investigative duties before joining the Police Dog Unit in 1995.img_0017

Dave worked extensively in Patrol Dog work (Tracking/searching/High Risk Operations & Public Order) – until the latter stages of his career when he began to specialise in Detection Work with a Human Remains Spaniel.

Dave was promoted to Senior Sergeant – Training Coordinator in 2011 which involved the management of the NSWP Breeding & Puppy Raising Program, Kennel Facility, dog acquisition/assessments and preparation of all canine stock for Training Programs.

Dave has travelled extensively throughout Australia, Europe, New Zealand and the Pacific region, assessing training and deployment methods and strategies used by a range of Service Dog Agencies.  Dave has been a regular guest lecturer on canine behaviour to Sydney University & University of Western Sydney Veterinary courses.  Dave has also worked in the Pet Industry delivering both group and home based training to a variety of dog breeds targeting a wide range of ‘problem’ behaviours. 

Dave is considered an expert witness in Police Patrol Dog matters, having given evidence in a District Court Matter, which set Case Law on the use of Police Dogs to track suspects. 

Through his role as a NSW Police Dog Trainer, Dave has demonstrated his ability to prepare learning and assessment materials and conduct training duties in accordance with ASQA standards.

Dave holds the following qualifications:

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Certificate III in Security Operations

Fitness Assessors Course Wollongong University

Statement of Attainment – Provide First Aid (HLTAID003)

NSW Police Force

Bite Doctor Decoy/Helper Course

Cadaver Detection Dog Training Program

Supportive Leadership Workshop

Tactical Dog Handler Course

General Purpose/Patrol Dog Course

Spontaneous Knife Defence

Major Incident and Emergency Management Course

NSW Police Drug Awareness & Surveillance Course

Matt Warwick

Matt Warwick is Dog Force Australia’s Director – Operational Training following 22 years service with the New South Wales Police Force, the majority of which he spent as an operational dog handler and trainer with the NSW Police Dog Unit.

Matt has extensive experience in all facets of canine law enforcement including General Purpose, Tactical, Explosive Detection and operational trainer.

As an operational dog handler, Matt was awarded the prestigious NSW Police Dog Unit  ‘ Titan Award’ for the most outstanding arrest of an armed offender at a siege at Rylestone in 2007.

In 2010 Matt was selected to attend the prestigious Surrey Police Dog Training School in the United Kingdom where he completed the Explosive Detection Instructors Course.

In 2011, Matt was awarded the NSW Police Force ‘Meredith Award’ for the most outstanding detection dog deployment for his involvement in the successful resolution of the Mosman collar bomb incident.

In 2012 Matt was promoted to Senior Sergeant in charge of all operational training at the NSW Police Dog Unit and personally supervising all General Purpose, Tactical and Detection Dog training delivery. Matt’s qualifications include;

New South Wales Police General Purpose Dog Handlers Course

NSW Police General Purpose Replacement Dog Course

NSW Police Tactical Police Dog Course

Explosive Detection Instructors Course, Surrey UK.

Diploma of Policing, Charles Sturt University

Certificate IV Training and Assessment

Certificate III and IV in Fitness

Registered Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA)

Senior First Aid

Awards

NSW Police Medal, National Police Medal, NSW Police Medal, First Clasp

Colin Walker – Senior Trainer

Colin Walker joins Dog Force Australia as a Senior Trainer with over 45 years law enforcement experience in the United Kingdom and throughout the world, the last 35 of which has been dedicated to canine law enforcement as both a handler and trainer.

Colin performed duty as an operational dog handler with the Northumbria and Sussex Police Forces and was later appointed the Officer in Charge of the world renowned Surrey Police Dog Training School in 1989 through until his retirement in 1998.

Due to his impeccable skills as a police dog trainer, Colin was immediately offered a civilian training position with Surrey PDTS where he has continued to deliver training in various capacities.

Colin has travelled extensively throughout the world delivering canine law enforcement training to international police forces and military organisations.

In 2011 Colin delivered Drug Dog Detection Training to the NSW Police Force Dog Unit and in 2012 was contracted by the Australian Army as a Senior Instructor to the Explosives Detection Dog Redemption Project with Explosives Protection Equipment to accredit explosives search dog teams for deployment to Afghanistan.

Colin holds the following qualifications:

Home Office Standing Advisory Committee Instructors Course,

Metropolitan Police, Keston. (G.P.Dogs)

Explosives Search Dog Instructors Course, R.U.C. Northern Ireland.

P.O.L.S.A. (Police Search Advisor) Course, Chattenden, Kent.

Post graduate Certificate in Education, Greenwich University.

Attained A1 and A2 Assessors qualification through Guildford College

Justin Watts – Senior Trainer

Justin Watts joins Dog Force Australia as a Senior Trainer following 25 years in law enforcement in both the United Kingdom and Australia.

Justin commenced his career in law enforcement with the South Wales Police Force in Cardiff City where he joined the Dog Unit in 1996. Justin was quickly promoted to an Instructor at the Unit and went on to train all specialistions of canine law enforcement.
Justin completed the Firearms Support Instructors Course with the Metropolitan Police and later delivered this training throughout Wales.

In 2004 after further traing with the Metropolitan Police, Justin was appointed an expert in Dangerous Dog Legislation and has delivered expert court evidence in matters relating to the use and deployment of police dogs.

In 2007 Justin moved to Perth, Western Australia where he subsequently took a position with the WAPOL Dog Unit, later gaining promotion to the position of Training Supervisor.

Justin oversaw the WAPOL recruitment of dog handlers for both the metropolitan and regional areas of WA.

In 2010, Justin returned to the UK and completed the Explosive Detection Instructors Course at the Surrey Police Dog Training School. He later returned to Australia and delivered this training to the WAPOL Dog Unit in preparation for the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

Justin holds the following qualifications:

Home Office General Purpose Dog Handling Certificate

Home Office General Purpose Instructors Certificate

ACPO Firearm Support Police Dog Handling Certificate

Firearm Support Instructors Course

Risk Assessor Certificate

Dangerous Dog Legislation Expert Certificate

ACPO Explosives Detection Handling Certificate

ACPO Explosives Detection Instructors Certificate

Cert IV Training and Assessment (TAE40110)

Certificate III in Security Operations

Jim GALL – Senior Trainer

Jim Gall joins Dog Force Australia as one of our UK based canine law enforcement experts. Jim commenced his career in the Hertfordshire Constabluary in 1976 and moved into Police Dog Handling in 1982 and was later promoted to Sergeant at the West Mercia Constabulary Dog Section. In 1997 Jim took over as Head of Dog Section for the Suffolk Constabluary supervising training in all specialisations including Tactical Firearms Support, Patrol Work, Drug Detection and Continuation Training in Explosives Search. In addition to his operational commitments, Jim represented on a number of regional and national committees and co-authored the “National Police Dog Assessment Model” which documents the licensing and accreditation criteria for General Purpose Police Dogs in the United Kingdom. In 2004 Jim took over as Head of Dog Training for the Welsh Regional Police Dog Training School for the South Wales Police. In 2007 Jim was appointed Secretary of the ACPO Police Dog Working Group where he consulted in a number of significant roles. Jim consulted to the Icelandic Leitarhundar Search and Rescue Dog Association in Open Country and Mountain Searching and Avalanche Victim Recovery. He was guest speaker at the National Police Search Advisers Conference in 2008 and was the UK delegate at the Innaugural eCyno International Dog Handling Seminar at Caen, France in 2009. Jim was awarded the Association of Chief Police Officers Presidential Commendation in recognition of his outstanding commitment and professionalism with the National Police Dogs Working Group implementing development of national best practice models and the implementation of the National Police Dog Assessment model. Jim retired from the Police Service following 30 years of distinguished service and has continued his specialist training with Explosive Detection Dog Teams in the private sector, training EDDs for deployment at the 2012 Olympic Athlete’s Village.

Jim holds the following qualifications:

Home Office (now ACPO) Accredited Advanced Police Dog Instructor: Awarded by North West Region Police Dog School, Preston, Lancs.

Regional Police Dog Trials Criminal Work Champion

National Police Dog Trials Criminal Work Runner-Up

Regional Police Dog Trials Criminal Work Champion

ACPO Accredited Explosives Search Dog Instructor: Awarded by Metropolitan Police Dog Training Establishment, Keston

Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Presidential Commendation

Tony YEO – Senior Trainer

Tony Yeo joins Dog Force Australia as a canine law enforcement expert trainer based in Cardiff, Wales. Tony commenced his policing career in 1973 in Cardiff and moved into Police Dog Handling in 1986. Tony worked as a Dog Handler in South Wales and 1995 was selected to pioneer “Dual Handling” with the addition of a Drug Detection Dog to his General Purpose Dog. In 1997 Tony successfully completed the Home Office Instructor’s Course at Brigend and commenced a divisional training role. He was later transferred to the Regional Dog Training School at Brigend in 2003. While attached to the RPDTS Brigend, Tony was personally responsible for delivering Drug, Currency and Explosive Detection training. He developed the first passive Drugs/Explosives Course in addition to the first ever Crime Scene Cadaver Course within Wales and South West England. In addition to overseeing novice training in these specialisations, Tony also delivered Instructor Level training, Continuation and Refresher Courses to more experienced handlers. Tony has also delivered training to the Prison Service and the Environment Agency. Tony retired from police duties in 2009 after a distinguished 36 years service. Since that time he has continued as a senior instructor in the private sector passive and proactive Drug Detection Courses in addition to training Explosive Detection Dogs for deployment to Afghanistan. Tony also has been consulted as an expert witness for court proceedings and has developed and delivered training in dog psychology.

Tony holds the following qualifications:

Home Office General Purpose Handling Certificate

Home Office General Purpose Instructors Certificate

Home Office Drugs Dog Handling Certificate

Home Office Drugs Dog Instructors Certificate

Rik RUTTER – Senior Trainer

Rik Rutter joins Dog Force Australia bringing a wealth of experience in canine law enforcement training from Europe. Based in the Netherlands, Rik’s vast experience focusses on both K9 tactical and detection skill sets. From 2004 to 2006 Rik delivered training at the Police Dog Centre, Holland and later engaged in private security dog training until 2009. In 2010 Rik delivered training programs at the Four Winds Police Dog Training Centre in narcotics, explosives and patrol dogs. Rik spent a period of time in Nigeria where he delivered explosive training to novice handlers in addition to performing explosive handler duties in hostile “live” environments. In 2013 RIk returned to the Police Dog Training Centre, Holland to deliver specialist explosive dog training programs which included a number of international assignments to Barcelona, Spain. In 2014 Rik was appointed the Chief Instructor of Dog Training for the SWAT K9 in Abu Dhabi. Rik was the head trainer and instructor of a special force course in the Netherlands which is designed specifically for police and S.W.A.T. teams from outside the Netherlands.

Nathan McCredie – Trainer / Handler

Nathan joins Dog Force Australia following 17 years experience in canine training.

Nathan began learning to train and study canine behaviour in 1997 and over the next ten years has completed a number of practical and theoretical canine behavioural courses.

Nathan has delivered instruction in puppy behaviour and has lectured to TAFE students on dog behaviour.

Nathan is considered an industry expert on dog behavior and regularly delivers training packages to dog clubs and private sector organisations on behavioural issues dealing with aggression.

Nathan has also delivered training on dog development to the NSW Police Force Dog Unit.

He is currently a Training Coordinator with the Illawarra IPO Schutzhund Club .

Nathan holds qualifications as a Licensed Accredited Schutzhund Agitator and NSW Security License (Class 1A,C & D).