Information on the 2019 K-9 Street Survival School in the Smokies will be available in the fall.
December 3 – December 7, 2018
Special Guest Instructors Matt Forsyth and Dan Cliff, Known K-9 Experts
NNDDA Certification Available
The Sevierville Police Department is hosting this specialized K-9 Handlers Street Survival School which will feature K-9 instructors and trainers Matt Forsyth and Dan Cliff. This seminar is designed to enhance K-9 team proficiency at basic and advanced levels with a focus on patrol and narcotics detection. The most advanced techniques and methods in law enforcement K-9 patrol and narcotic detection will be discussed and demonstrated. The seminar has been approved by the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission at 40 hours of in-service training. Registration will be limited to 50 K-9 teams and observers on a first-come, first served basis.
Lieutenant David Finchum, Seminar Director
- Aggression Control Work
- Tactical Building Entry/Muzzle Work
- Search Patterns: Advantages & Disadvantages
- Searches: K-9 Team Safety/Vehicle Stops and Extractions
- Tracking/Area Searches/Environmental Factors
- Health, Maintenance & First Aid for The Patrol and Narcotic Dogs
- Night Street Scenario’s
- Recognition of Physical Internal Stress
- Problem Solving: Methods & Distractions
- Patrol and Narcotic Dog Trial Testimony & Court Decisions
- Enhancing Alert Behavior/Building Search/Stress Search
- Motivation, Drives & Character Traits
- Importance of Record Keeping
- Public Relations
“Come try our challenging Street Survival Course!”
Affordable lodging is available at Oak Tree Lodge and Five Oak Convention Center in Sevierville. The motel is located at 1620 Parkway and dogs are welcome to stay in the rooms. Rooms are available at a rate of $60.00. If you have a tax exempt status you must bring the completed tax exempt form with you for the motel. You must mention the seminar when making reservations to
Rooms not booked will be released on November 2, 2018. Attendees are not required to stay at the host hotel. However, several area motels will not allow animals in rooms so if you plan to make reservations at another hotel, please inquire if they allow animals in rooms. Reservations for accommodations are the sole responsibility of the attendee and we would urge you to make room reservations as soon as possible. If you would like additional information on area hotels and motels, contact the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at (865) 453-6411 or call toll free at 1-800-255-6411.
Registration fees for the seminar are $300.00 per K-9 team, which includes the dog and handler. The fee includes one Lunch, T-shirt, and door prizes. Each observer or helper will also be charged a registration fee of $300.00. All registration fees MUST be received by November 26, 2018. Confirmation will be mailed upon receipt of registration. NNDDA Patrol Certification and NNDDA Narcotic Certification will be offered at this school and the fees for these certifications are $30.00 for membership (1 year) and $25.00 for each certification. The total amount is $80.00 ($30.00 membership, $25.00 Patrol Certification, $25.00 Narcotic Certification). The check for these fees should be made payable to National Narcotic Detector Dog Association, 379 C. R. 105, Carthage, TX 75633. This check should be given to the NNDDA official on the first day of the school.
Paper Registration Form Available:
document 30th Annual Street Survival Online Registration Form (341 KB)
This may be submitted to the information below.
Fax: (865) 453-6680
or Phone Barbara Parrish for forms
The seminar will be held December 3 – December 7, 2018, in Sevierville, TN. Registration will be December 3, 2018 from 8:00am to 9:00am at the Sevierville Police Department. Sevierville is located 30 miles east of Knoxville approximately 8 miles from I-40 at the 407 exit. The city is serviced by several major highways and is in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountain tourism area. The Sevierville Police Department is located at 300 Gary Wade Blvd. just off Dolly Parton Parkway (US 411) adjacent to the Sevierville Community Center and Civic Center. McGhee-Tyson Airport is serviced by several major carriers and is located approximated 15 miles south of Knoxville. The airport is easily accessible to Interstate 40.