‘Fugitive Tracking with the Law Enforcement Canine’ Hosted By WPCC


WPCC Serves As Site for Fugitive Tracking Course 081214 fnMorganton, NC –Western Piedmont Community College’s (WPCC) Law Enforcement Training Center recently served as host for the course “Fugitive Tracking with the Law Enforcement Canine,” according to the College’s Training Center Director Steve Warren. Shown are officers and canines from the Burke County Sheriff’s Department and Morganton Department of Public Safety who attended the course.

The course was taught by retired police K9 handler and author Jeff Schettler 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. Schettler has worked hundreds of trailing cases across the country and is a specialist in the areas of tactical tracking applications. He started the first tactical tracking school for police K9 handlers in 1998. His courses are all California POST certified. Schettler is a certified military trainer graduating from the prestigious US Army’s Leadership Academy, also known as Drill Sergeant School. Georgia K9 NTC’s Tactical Tracking Course is currently used by US Military special operations groups. Schettler’s work has been seen on CNN, ABC, CBS, Unsolved Mysteries, and Mythbusters. Considered an expert witness in tracking/trailing, he is author of four books on K9 Tracking Work published by Alpine Publications and writes for K9 Cop and Police K9 magazines.

WPCC’s Law Enforcement Training Center trained 2,814 officers from across the state and the region through 168 law enforcement training classes during the 2012-2013fiscal year. For more information on law enforcement training offered at WPCC, contact Warren at 828-448-3138 or select “Basic Law Enforcement Training Certificate.”

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Western Piedmont Community College is situated in the picturesque rolling foothills of Morganton, North Carolina, and has served the citizens of Burke County since 1964.  Each year, more than 10,700 students pursue personal enrichment, new skills for a job or career, high school diplomas, college degrees, and transfer pathways. Apply online or visit the Western Piedmont campus to apply in person.