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Annual K-9 Team Street Survival School in the Smokies

December 2 – December 6, 2019

Special Guest Instructors Matt Forsyth and Dan Cliff, Known K-9 Experts

NNDDA Certification Available in (Patrol, Narcotics and Bomb)

The Sevierville Police Department is hosting this specialized K-9 Handlers Street Survival School which will feature K-9 instructors and trainers Matt Forsyth and Dan Cliff. This seminar is designed to enhance K-9 team proficiency at basic and advanced levels with a focus on patrol and narcotics detection. The most advanced techniques and methods in law enforcement K-9 patrol and narcotic detection will be discussed and demonstrated. The seminar has been approved by the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission at 40 hours of in-service training. Registration will be limited to 50 K-9 teams and observers on a first-come, first served basis.

  pdf 31st Annual Street Survival Online Registration Form (145 KB)

Captain David Finchum, Seminar Director
Captain David Finchum, K-9 Specialist with the Sevierville Police Department will serve as the Seminar Director. All inquiries concerning the seminar should be directed to Barbara Parrish (865)868-1762 or Cpt. Finchum (865) 868-1753. The fax number is (865) 453-6680. Email inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Seminar Content

  • Aggression Control Work
  • Tactical Building Entry/Muzzle Work
  • Search Patterns: Advantages & Disadvantages
  • Searches: K-9 Team Safety/Vehicle Stops and Extractions
  • Tracking/Area Searches/Environmental Factors
  • Health, Maintenance & First Aid for The Patrol and Narcotic Dogs
  • Night Street Scenario’s
  • Recognition of Physical Internal Stress
  • Problem Solving: Methods & Distractions
  • Patrol and Narcotic Dog Trial Testimony & Court Decisions
  • Enhancing Alert Behavior/Building Search/Stress Search
  • Motivation, Drives & Character Traits
  • Importance of Record Keeping
  • Public Relations

“Come try our challenging Street Survival Course!”


Affordable lodging is available at Oak Tree Lodge and Five Oak Convention Center in Sevierville. The motel is located at 1620 Parkway and dogs are welcome to stay in the rooms. Rooms are available at a rate of $66.00. If you have a tax exempt status you must bring the completed Tennessee tax exempt form with you for the motel. You must mention the seminar when making reservations to obtain the special room rate.

Reservations can be made Monday-Friday from 7am – 3pm by calling (865) 428-7500 ext. 158 and ask for Kristy Provolt, Sales Manager or fax at (865) 429-8603. Feel free to email Kristy with any questions anytime at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rooms not booked will be released on November 2, 2019. Attendees are not required to stay at the host hotel. However, several area motels will not allow animals in rooms so if you plan to make reservations at another hotel, please inquire if they allow animals in rooms. Reservations for accommodations are the sole responsibility of the attendee and we would urge you to make room reservations as soon as possible. If you would like additional information on area hotels and motels, contact the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at (865) 453-6411 or call toll free at 1-800-255-6411.

Registration Fee

Registration fees for the seminar are $300.00 per K-9 team, which includes the dog and handler. The fee includes one Lunch, T-shirt, and door prizes. Each observer or helper will also be charged a registration fee of $300.00. All registration fees MUST be received by November 26, 2018. Confirmation will be mailed upon receipt of registration. PCAA certifications will be offered at no charge. NNDDA Patrol Certification and NNDDA Narcotic Certification will be offered at this school and the fees for these certifications are $30.00 for membership (1 year) and $25.00 for each certification. The total amount is $80.00 ($30.00 membership, $25.00 Patrol Certification, $25.00 Narcotic Certification). The check for these fees should be made payable to National Narcotic Detector Dog Association, 379 C. R. 105, Carthage, TX 75633. This check should be given to the NNDDA official on the first day of the school.

Register By:
Fax: (865) 453-6680
Mail: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or Phone Barbara Parrish for forms
(865) 868-1762


The seminar will be held December 2 – December 6, 2019, in Sevierville, TN. Registration will be December 3, 2018 from 8:00am to 9:00am at the Sevierville Police Department. Sevierville is located 30 miles east of Knoxville approximately 8 miles from I-40 at the 407 exit. The city is serviced by several major highways and is in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountain tourism area. The Sevierville Police Department is located at 300 Gary Wade Blvd. just off Dolly Parton Parkway (US 411) adjacent to the Sevierville Community Center and Civic Center. McGhee-Tyson Airport is serviced by several major carriers and is located approximated 15 miles south of Knoxville. The airport is easily accessible to Interstate 40.

We look forward to seeing you!


Contact Us

Joseph Manning, Police Chief

300 Gary Wade Blvd.
Sevierville TN 37862

911 Emergency 
865.453.5506 Dispatch
865.453.7296 Criminal Investigation Division
865.453.7310 Records
865.453.0789 Report Criminal Activity
865.453.1986 Report Drug Activity
865.453.6680 Fax

Deputy Chief, Major Sam Hinson

Captain David Finchum
Captain Ray Brown

Lieutenant Detective Jamie Roberts
Lieutenant Robbie Ball
Lieutenant Rebecca Cowan
Lieutenant Todd Naillon
Lieutenant Matt Nicol
Lieutenant Brandan Perry
Lieutenant TC Faulconer

 Public Information Officer Bob Stahlke