I’m Joe Keil.
I'm a certified Drug Interdiction Instructor through the state of Wisconsin and a certified Drug Recognition Expert Instructor through the National Highway Traffic Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. I worked night-shift patrol for 25-plus years and was K9 handler for the last 17 of those years, with the first K9 being a narcotics dog and the second K9 being patrol and narcotics. I have taught law enforcement officers throughout the country, including FBI, DEA, Border and Customs Agents, along with officers from other countries.
The classes I present focus on understanding how the smallest items when combined together can lead to developing reasonable suspicion. We utilize the most current drug indicators and also provide hands-on vehicle searches, along with recognizing drug use in the human body.
This training encompasses the three major learning styles of auditory, visual, and physical. Providing this type of training prepares officers for encounters on the streets, giving them both a tactical advantage and knowledge of the intricacies of the criminal world. Broadening your knowledge regarding the drug world and keeping current on case law will prepare an officer for court proceedings. This training will provide attendees with the tools necessary to ensure their efforts will make their communities a safer place to live.
From the time I was little I wanted to be in law enforcement. From my first pet, which was a black and white rabbit named Squad Car, I wanted to be a cop. It was never about the money, as anyone in the career is aware, it's about a calling to give of yourself back to your community. After the many years of education, college finally came, and then getting hired by a law enforcement agency was a dream come true. Everyone in the field begins to develop special interests in specific areas of the job. Some strive to be promoted, others work to become detectives or evidence technicians. Me, I liked the idea of being a K9 handler to chase the bad guys with just you and a four-legged partner. To be the first guy in the door, to be the first to utilize handcuffs on arrest. The 5%'er mentality, and if you are on the "job" you know exactly what I mean. Eat, lift weights, breathe, work, take someone to jail, and then repeat.
I made my first criminal interdiction stop and located one-quarter pound of marijuana. I was immediately hooked. Why? It is the most dangerous game in law enforcement. It is you stopping the unknown. Some of the most dangerous individuals in the world have been located during traffic stops. The true adrenaline junkie's high. After 10 years into the "job" a young officer asked me "Can you teach me what you know?" That's when it started. I began not only training officers in my agency, I saw a need for officers everywhere to gain the knowledge to truly make a difference in their community.
I'm not a big book reader but a day came when God put it on my heart to write a book. After completing it, I remember saying I would never do that again. Then the nudge came again and the next thing I knew I was writing a second book. The second book was for law enforcement only and is replete with all the knowledge I've obtained over the years.
It wasn't long after and I retired and agencies around the country began to want to schedule classes. Truly a blessing and a path I never imagined.