TACTICAL TRACKER TEAMS
Guide to High Risk Manhunt Operations
K9 Trailing Book 3paperback, 6 x 9” 124 pages, over 80 color photographs and diagrams
First book of it's kind in existence! Jeff Schettler began the modern tactical tracking movement in the United States and this book should be in every military, police, or sheriff's department library as required reading! Full color with over 80 color photos and diagrams.
Jeff Schettler’s newest book “K9 Trailing: Tactical Tracking Teams” is about teamwork and it should be required reading for any K9 handler – regardless of experience – who tracks fugitives with a police dog in a rural environment or wilderness area because doing so is arguably the most dangerous job in law enforcement today and a tracking team must be prepared to safely face the challenges to be successful with the mission. A handler and police dog tracking alone or separated from a tactical support team during a high risk manhunt is a liability and no longer acceptable and “Tactical Tracking Teams” provides invaluable and practical recommendations and guidelines to minimize risk and prepare a team for a deployment. The emphasis on teamwork and the chapter on “proximity alerts” – along with the practical application realistic training recommendations - may literally save the lives of handlers or team members during searches. You may not be able to attend a training course on tactical tracking team operations with Jeff Schettler in the near future – but you can take advantage of his experience and lessons learned by reading “Tactical Tracking Teams” today.
–Sergeant Bill Lewis II (Retired)
K9 Trailing is a three part series that began with The Straightest Path, a no -nonsense, practical guide to starting a trailing dog. The second in the series was supposed to cover urban K9 Trailing deployments. However, I felt that Tactical Tracker Teams was more important and timely, primarily due to recent deaths of police K9 handlers, and often their K9’s, during high-risk, armed fugitive manhunts. I’m going to begin Tactical Tracker Teams with three case histories outlining some of the critical components of these tragedies. Unfortunately, it often takes tragedy to shift police training paradigms. I have written TTT with only one goal in mind: to take one of the most dangerous deployments on the K9 handlers’ bat belt and make it a little less so. Notice, I say only a little less so. Tactical tracking not matter how well prepared is incredibly dangerous and can never be taken lightly. No matter how you slice it, tactical hunting of armed or dangerous suspects is never easy or safe. No amount of training will ever make a dangerous fugitive trail a risk-free trail. Risk is the nature of the hunter hunting for the hunted. Perhaps that is why nature has fine-tuned both the hunter’s and the prey’s senses to the extreme, while making such ventures an adrenalin rush of the umpteenth degree. It is important to keep this fact in mind when hunting man: Even though the good guys might hold the advantage in assets and numbers, the bad guys are using the same senses and instincts to beat you. The adrenalin that enables you, the hunter, to do what hunters do, also enables the hunted with the chance to get away, but also to possibly turn the tables on the hunter. The hunter can become the hunted in a blink of an eye. During the high stakes game of manhunting, small mistakes can become unacceptable tragedies. Don’t become a tragedy.
ABOUT JEFF SCHETTLER
Jeff Schettler is a retired police K9 handler 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. Jeff has worked hundreds of trailing cases across the USA and is a specialist in the areas of tactical tracking applications. Schettler is a certified military trainer graduating from the prestigious US Army’s Leadership Academy also known as Drill Sergeant School. He currently trains K9 teams all over the world.
Jeff’s work has been seen on CNN, ABC, CBS, Unsolved Mysteries, and Mythbusters. He is considered an expert witness in tracking/ trailing. Jeff is the author of four books on K9 Tracking Work published by Alpine Publications and writes for K9 Cop Magazine.