Our Team

Mick Goodwin – Chief Executive Officer

Mick was formerly the Commander of the NSW Police Dog Unit and served with the NSW Police Force for 30 years, completing his distinguished career as the Superintendent in charge of Australia’s largest K9 law enforcement unit. In his role as head of the NSW Police Dog Unit, Mick oversaw a number of cutting edge strategies including the introduction of the NSW Police Detection Dog Breeding Program. Mick represented the NSW Police Force at both national and international level in K9 related forums and brought his wealth of experience to the private sector when he established Dog Force Australia in 2014.

Since entering the private sector Mick has delivered a number of major contracts including training the Royal Papua New Guinea Police Constabulary on behalf of the Australian Federal Police in preparation for the 2018 APEC Summit. Mick has also authored policy for government organisations on the use of detection dogs in addition to establishing Dog Force Australia as the country’s leading explosive and narcotic detection dog providers.

Dave Wright

Dave was formerly a Senior Sergeant with the NSW Police Dog Unit and served with the NSW Police Force for over 25 years. Dave has over 20 years experience as an expert K9 handler and trainer, completing his distinguished service as the NSW Police Dog Unit Training & Dog Development Manager. Dave spearheaded the NSW Police Dog Unit’s dog breeding and acquisition program which involved international collaborations with New Zealand.

Dave’s exceptional experience as a world class K9 law enforcement handler and trainer delivers a world class best practice training product to all Dog Force Australia’s dogs and handlers. As Co-Founder of Dog Force Australia, Dave now is considered a Subject Matter Expert in canine law enforcement and is regularly called upon as an expert witness in courts of all jurisdictions.

Dave is currently involved in delivering a wide range of specialist training services for Dog Force Australia to clients including the Australian Defence Force in addition to Australian and international law enforcement agencies. Dave is also currently involved in developing the Australian Standards for Detection Dogs in partnership with Standards Australia.

Mark Farrell – Director – Operations  

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.

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 in charge of 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.

Professional Achievements and Qualifications:

1987                Home Office (now ACPO) Accredited Advanced Police Dog Instructor:

Awarded by North West Region Police Dog School, Preston, Lancs.

1991                Regional Police Dog Trials Criminal Work Champion

National Police Dog Trials Criminal Work Runner-Up

2002                Regional Police Dog Trials Criminal Work Champion

2006                ACPO Accredited Explosives Search Dog Instructor:

Awarded by Metropolitan Police Dog Training Establishment, Keston

2009                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.

Professional 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

 

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 on the left, DOG FORCE AUSTRALIA CEO Mick Goodwin, Tony Yeo Senior Trainer on the right