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.
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