The K9 Partner
Featuring Deputy Sheriff and K9 Instructor James Craigmyle
An important member of the law enforcement family, often undervalued, is a K9 partner. These partners assist law enforcement in numerous ways including narcotic operations, inspecting vehicles, collecting evidence, assisting in missing person cases, and rescue operations.
On this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with James Craigmyle, a former dual purpose K9 Handler.
James was internationally certified in narcotics and patrol for the largest Sheriff’s Office in the State of Missouri. Featured on LivePD, Craigmyle served as a SWAT K9 Handler and during his career he worked with federal, state, and local officials. Craigmyle has trained hundreds of dogs of all sizes – from personal dogs to law enforcement canines.
James Craigmyle has served as a law enforcement officer since 2004. He retired from the US Army where he served two tours in Afghanistan and Iraq as an engineer.
He is a certified international K9 Trainer with over a decade of experience. Craigmyle served as a dual purpose K9 Handler, internationally certified in narcotics and patrol for the largest Sheriff’s Office in the State of Missouri. During that time, he also served as a SWAT K9 Handler and worked with federal, state and local officials. He has trained hundreds of dogs of all sizes – from personal pets to law enforcement canines. Craigmyle is an instructor on dog psychology, canine obedience, scent work, personal protection, combat medicine, and dietary needs.
Craigmyle is a judge for the National Association of Canine Scent Work. The judge is responsible for determining if the team has correctly called the ‘Alert’ given the hide location and conditions of the day and for making decisions relating to faults and conduct during the actual competition search.
Craigmyle is widely known for his time spent on LivePD on A&E. He assisted in the development of America’s Top Dog on A&E. Craigmyle has trained celebrities’ dogs and dog owners in foreign countries via Zoom.
Law enforcement officers have one of the toughest and most dangerous jobs in the United States. The brave men and women of law enforcement are charged with the enormous responsibility of keeping our streets and neighborhoods safe.
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