Canine Liability 360

2-days of “tactics” for the street and court returns to Washington….

Being consistent, making good decisions and keeping proper documentation will limit your liability and make you a better K9 handler and K9 supervisor.

Olympia, Washington
September 7 & 8, 2021


Thurston County Emergency Operations Center, 9521 Tilley Rd S, Olympia, WA

Hosted by Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

Course Description: “Canine Liability 360” is still rated by its attendees as the most comprehensive liability course being offered to handlers and K9 supervisors since 2010. This two-day (16 hours) class serves as an essential phase (and required by some agencies) for both the K9 handler and K9 supervisor to assist in managing their K9 program and preparing for their potential “legal defense” to prevail in the event of a lawsuit by examining TAC Team’s “360 Degrees of Responsibility” involving a single purpose patrol or cross-trained police service dog. (This class is not recommended for detection only handlers.) Participants will benefit from the firsthand experiences and recommendations of the instructor as well as others as some recent cases and incidents not found in “case law updates” are reviewed and discussed and the lessons learned shared.

K9 handlers, K9 supervisors, and K9 administrators from the same agency are encouraged to attend together so everyone involved with their respective police dog program can simultaneously learn information and hear recommendations for successfully operating and evaluating their program to better understanding each other’s duties and responsibilities to reduce their risk and limit their liability. More information about the class can be viewed at

The course topics will include:

  • “Reasons We Get in Trouble”
  • Policy & Operational Manuals
  • “Case Law and Control”
  • Selection and Retention
  • Testing and Training
  • Report writing
  • “The Court of Public Opinion”
  • Deployments / Debriefs
  • Deposition & Trial Testimony
  • Use of Force
  • Off-duty care & compensation
  • Documentation

Instructor: Sergeant Bill Lewis II (Retired) has over 41 years of law enforcement and instructor experience, retiring from the Oxnard (CA) Police Department after serving over 27 years. He was a K9 handler, K9 supervisor, and served on SWAT for over 25 years as a tactical operator and Team Leader. He is an instructor, consultant, expert K9 witness, published author, certifying official for CNCA/CA POST, and former director for both the California Narcotic Canine Association (CNCA) and the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO). Sergeant Lewis is the owner of Training and Consulting Team (“TAC Team”) and facilitates the web site

Hotel rooms that are blocked out for attendees: La Quinta Inn – Reserve your room here

Registration: Course restricted to 36 law enforcement personnel on a first-come basis. Tuition is $275.00 per person. Registration deadline is August 6th. Reservations are made by email. To make a reservation or request information, contact Bill Lewis II at

Training and Consulting Team, LLC
P.O. Box 6535
Pine Mountain Club, CA 93222

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