Chris Watkins started his law enforcement career as a police officer in our Nation's Capital before moving his family west. In DC he worked with the Major Narcotics Unit as well as performing undercover assignments in the Street Robbery Unit. In his new location he was assigned to the Street Crimes Unit with the majority of his duties encompassing narcotics investigations and doing more undercover work. Currently he's assigned as a K-9 handler for his agency. He's an active member of the USPCA, FOP and FAAM.
I was honored to work beside such great men and women that day. It’s a true example of what Americans and America stands for.
Several United States Supreme Court rulings have had a major impact on how law officers use the fourth amendment.
Those canine handlers who train but miss the opportunity to work with parcels and become involved in parcel interdictions are missing a great opportunity.
The last few weeks have been tragic for canine handlers. We lost two brave souls.
Criminals have always tried to hide their contraband. "Reveal the conceal" with contributor Chris Watkins.
We keep hearing about state legislators looking to make bath salts illegal in emergency legislation. Do they mean those you put in the tub?
It is so dangerous that by the time you understand of even realize that your K9 has ingested it you are already too late.
It is important to maintain proper documentation. Failure to do so can result in the loss of your case, or even the canine being ruled unreliable.
After attending the course from American Mantrailing Academy, I realized how much my dog could do.
There is a new fight in the war on drugs. The battle brewing is one to make pseudoephedrine a controlled substance.
So what is K2 or synthetic marijuana, where does it come from, and why is it quickly becoming illegal?
According to a survey conducted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services in 2006, 9.8% of adolescents from the age of 12 - 17 have admitted to using prescription drugs for nonmedical use.
Prescription drug abuse is so serious that is leads cocaine and methamphetamine use.
With record setting temperatures across most of the United States an important issue facing most K9 handlers is the recognition of heat related injuries.
Regardless of which type of lab you are working, officers and detectives need to take all measures in protecting themselves.
Whether you support the legalization of marijuana or not you'll find statistics to prove your point.