Biography for Joe Keil


Keil became a K-9 handler in 1997 until the unexpected loss of his partner in August of 2004. He and his K-9 partner Gus, had made thousands of drug arrests resulting in the seizure of over $750,000 in controlled substances, vehicle seizures and cash from various cases. In 2005 Joe was granted a second K-9 unit, K-9 Kilo, and worked the night shift until the teams retirement in 2016. During the time as a K9 Handler Joe and his K9 partners received several awards from the Wisconsin Canine Handlers Association including; 2000 Meritorious K9 Narcotics Find, 2004 Handler of the year, Meritorious K9 Track 2006, Meritorious K9 Track with Apprehension 2007, Meritorious K9 Track 2009, K9 Handler of the year, 2013.

 Joe has received extensive training through the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program Sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration certifying him as a Drug Recognition Expert.

In September and October of 1996 he attended training in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was certified as a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor. Along with other officers he represented Wisconsin at several National Conferences in Colorado, Oregon, California, New York, Texas, Maryland, Florida, Arizona, and Nevada on the physiological effects drugs induce on the body.

Mr. Keil has trained thousands of law enforcement officers across the United States. In 2000 he taught at the National Sheriff’s Conference in Columbus, Ohio, and in 2002 and 2003 he was the course manager for the Wisconsin Drug Recognition Expert Course. Keil currently instructs various drug courses for the Multijurisdictional Counter Drug Task Force for St. Petersburg College, instructing agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Border Patrol, Chicago PD and New York PD, along with officers from throughout the country. He has flown with the United States Border Patrol, Tucson sector, attempting to locate illegal aliens and drug smugglers.

Throughout the course of his career Joe has attended numerous specialized schools and seminars in the area of narcotics enforcement; drug impaired and intoxicated drivers, drug interdiction, advanced interdiction, commercial motor vehicle interdiction, basic narcotics investigation, DEA pipeline, and numerous other courses. Joe currently holds certification as an Instructor in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Drug Recognition Expert, Drug Interdiction, Vehicle Contacts, Cultural Diversity and Ethics, and The Complete Traffic Stop and Drug Impairment Training for Education Professional.

Joe is the author of two books " When Just Say No Doesn't" a comprehensive guide for parents to understand the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, and "Operation RUSH" (Recognizing and Understanding Substances on the Highways) is a guide to criminal patrol and is for law enforcement officers ONLY. It will only be mailed to a department address.  He has articles published in K9 Cop, Police K9, The Milwaukee Journal, The Herald Times Reporter, Green Bay Press Gazzet and also appeared on Healthy View, Bellin Health television program.