One day after canine training, John Ivey and Chris Obenland were discussing the difficulties police departments have with financing canine programs. They decided to start a nonprofit organization to help fellow canine officers.
John and Chris approached others to get involved, ultimately creating a diverse mixture of individuals. John and Chris believe by adding this group of people with a total of 75+ years’ experience into one organization they could make a substantial difference.
Now Dogs for Law Enforcement is raising charitable donations with the help of people like you, to assist your local police departments. To get involved now, please visit the Support the Pack page for more information.
Who We Are
Founder / Director / Treasurer
John Ivey : John has been in law enforcement since 1987 and has been a K-9 handler since 1998. John is the Founder of Dogs for Law Enforcement and DLEcertification, a Master Trainer with DLEcertification, the founder of the canine unit and lead canine trainer for a local agency, and a TACDog Instructor. He is a Master Peace Officer, a TCOLE Instructor, and is a well known and highly requested, trained K9 decoy.
Chris Obenland : Chris has been in law enforcement since 2002 and became a K-9 handler in 2005. Chris currently works Patrol for Baytown Police Department and assists with their current canine training program. .
Posthumous Director Chris Sanderson : Chris has been in law enforcement since 2004. He worked in the Galveston City Jail from 2004 - 2006, transferred to Galveston PD as a Patrol Officer in 2006, and became a K-9 handler in 2010. Chris is currently a Senior Patrolman with Galveston PD, is a Master Peace Officer, a TCOLE Instructor, and a TCOLE Firearms Instructor.
Pamela Smith : Pamela has been in law enforcement since 2001. She worked as a Patrol Officer, before becoming a Telecommunications Operator in the Mid-West. Pamela is currently an Independent Contract who handles both Narcotics and Explosives Canines, is a TCOLE Instructor, and a Certified RADO with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Management.
Eric Cox : Eric Cox has been in law enforcement since 1999 and a K-9 Handler since 2005. He has two years experience with a bloodhound and has worked with a dual purpose K-9 since 2011. He is currently the canine handler and trainer for League City Police Department. Eric is a Master Trainer with DLEcertification, a Master Peace Officer, and a TACDogs Instructor.
John Vaughn : Sgt. John Vaughn has been in law enforcement since 2004 and a K-9 handler since 2009. John is currently assigned as his department's K-9 Unit Coordinator/Patrol Supervisor.
Sergeant of Arms
Scott Green : Scott started with the Alvin Police Department in 2006 and became a K9 handler in 2008. Scott is a Master Trainer with DLEcertification and is on the Alvin SWAT team with K9 Nemo.
Advisory Board Chair
Jennifer Covillo-Edmonds : Jennifer been in law enforcement since 1998. She started her career in Colorado before moving to Texas and became a K9 handler in 2013. Jennifer is currently the canine handler for the Fulshear Police Department.
Advisory Board Members
Rick Juarez : Rick has been working as a Canine Decoy since 1990 and started in law enforcement in 1995. He became a K-9 Handler is 1996 and is currently the canine handler and trainer for Arcola Police Department. Rick is also a Master Trainer with DLEcertification.
Greg Smith : Greg has been in law enforcement since 1992 starting with the Texas Department of Corrections. He started with the Houston Police Department in 1997, completing 3 years as a Patrolman and 7 years on the tactical team. Greg became a K-9 handler in 2007 and is 1 of 3 trainers in their detail since 2012. Greg currently runs a Patrol, SWAT, and explosive detection canine.
Thomas Chiapetta :
Ethics Board Chair
Jason Jones : Jason has been in law enforcement since 2007 and a K-9 handler since 2012. Jason is currently one (1) of League City Police Department’s Canine Handlers.