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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Brad Smith.

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Brad retired from the West Covina Police Department in southern California after 30 years of service. He was a handler and trainer for West Covina for 25 years and a SWAT dog handler for 18 years.

Brad served as the Canine Section Chair for the NTOA since 1999. He specialized in field tactics and officer safety.

Brad was a graduate of the California P.O.S.T. Master Instructor Development Program (Class 5) where he designed and implemented a K9 SWAT & K9 Patrol Tactical School called S.K.I.D.D.S. and CATS. He was the owner of Canine Tactical Operations and Consulting and provided expert K9 witness testimony in civil litigation.

Brad was the author or co-author of two books: “K9 Tactical Operations for Patrol and SWAT” and “K9’s in the Courtroom.” He published over 130 articles for a wide variety of publications on K9 SWAT deployment and training.

Brad’s support and dedication to the NTOA will be greatly missed.

We offer our deepest condolences to Brad’s family and friends.

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