For almost 20 years I served as a Belgian Federal Police Officer in the Dog Support Unit and developed an intimate knowledge of canine operations from puppy to retirement during that time.
From detection services to crowd control and tactical operations I am confident in my ability to tailor canine training to achieve the desired results
On a fateful day in March 2011, I survived a parachute accident that would change the course of my life. I spent weeks in the hospital rehabilitating a broken back along with several other injuries. I had been preparing my new Belgian Malinois patrol dog, Rheia, for her certification test in June of that year. During rehab, I became aware of the World Police and Fire Games to be hosted in NYC at the end of August. I set a personal goal to prepare myself and Rheia to compete and win gold at those games.
Rheia was the youngest dog - and only female - entered in the competition; together, we won the gold medal on September 1, 2011. While in NYC, the Lt. of the NYPD Transit K9 unit embraced us. Colloquially known as New York’s Finest, Lt. Pappas called Rheia and I Belgium’s Finest - which planted the seed for Belgium's Finest K9. Returning to Belgium, I worked numerous years with Rheia in the Brussels Transit System and the Federal Dog Support Unit of the Belgian Federal Police.
When I moved to the USA in 2016, we retired Rheia so that she could join me on our new journey to the land of the free and home of the brave. Rheia passed away in the early morning of October 23, 2020. She was known and loved by many and is at the heart of everything I do here at BFK9.
I believe in developing brave dogs who meld with their families to not only be of service but provide loyal companionship. Born from strife and out of love, Belgium's Finest K9 is built upon the tried-and-true methods and techniques founder Joris Kerckhof personally learned and applied as a Belgian Federal Police canine handler. BFK9 specializes in the use of NePoPo® training system developed by Michael & Bart Bellon and equipment in combination with the representation and distribution of Marin System equipment.
Julius Caesar once said, “Horum omnium fortissimi sunt Belgae.” The English translation is, “Of all these, the Belgians are the bravest.” And from our experience, none so more than our dogs.