Maurice formed Ataro-Australian Training & Recruitment Organisation as a specialised training & recruitment company to compliment his current company portfolio in the Law Enforcement sector both in Australia and Internationally. He has a lengthy 25 year plus career in the Law Enforcement sector in Australia starting out providing Crowd Control services for some of Sydney’s largest licensed venues and events. He has consulted with numerous licensing agencies and been responsible for removing a number of licensed venues from the top tier most violent Clubs & Hotels. His expertise includes Security Risk Management, training systems, Electronic & Physical Surveillance, High Risk Security applications, K9 Training, Development & Breeding.
Maurice has provided high end trained security teams protecting critical government infrastructure for over 8 years achieving outstanding results reducing statistical breaches on site locations by up to 90% within particular environments.
Maurice received a commendation from the Italian consulate for the state visit of the Italian President as the co-ordinator of the security responsible for the safety of the President & delegate visit in 1998. He led a team of over 25 personnel.
He also consulted with a number of Australian Government Departments and facilitated the entire process in providing a number of Armored vehicles. Selection, Ballistic capability/protection level, design and delivery to a number of locations worldwide for the Australian Government. In addition he facilitated live fire demonstrations through a number of Australian Government agencies on a Level 4 vehicle imported specifically for this purpose along with a number of other ballistic/protected composite materials. Maurice also provided extra technical support and consultancy surrounding a number of the comcars.
Maurice received Commanders certificate (NSW Police) of Appreciation for serving on the Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate (SLED) Advisory council from November 2012 to October 2014. This SLED council was the first non statutory body chosen from industry representatives and established to provide a forum between the security industry and the NSW Police Force to discuss a whole range of matters and improvements surrounding the security industry.
Maurice’s distinguished career in the K9 sector in Australia is extensive, he has been training & breeding workingline dogs for various disciplines for over 20 years. He was the Vice President for AUSC-Australian United Sportdog Clubs Inc for 3 years then the President for 1 year. He then facilitated the successful transition from AUSC- Australian United Sportdog Clubs Inc for its Australian & New Zealand national memberships to the Working German Shepherd & Dogsport Clubs of Australasia Inc. Being the largest IPO & Dogsport organisation in Australia & New Zealand.
In 2004 he formed Schutzshep kennels, home of world class workingline German Shepherds & Dutch Shepherds from Europe's most potent KNPV, IPO, Schutzhund and Police workinglines. Over the years he has supplied numerous dogs to Government departments nationally including Police, Military & Corrective services.
In 2005 he formed Sydney Dogsport Club with another founding member. He is the President & Training Co-ordinator still to this day. The club members have achieved numerous titles and won National events within their categories the latest being the 2016 WGSDCA National Championships.
In 2007 he formed Pro K9 Supplies, Pro K9 Supplies is Australia's largest and leading high end dog training equipment supplier for working dogs and handlers. They are responsible for servicing the unique specialist needs for Police, Military, Security, Dogsport and High Level Competition dog training sectors as well as equipment and apparel for handlers. Pro K9 Supplies is the sole Authorised Distributor for multiple market leading brands
Maurice’s qualifications include:
John Daniel comes from an extensive background within specialised fields in the Law Enforcement, Security, Dogsports & Training Sectors. He is our National General Manager Operations and Training. He has an extensive 26 year background in security & training services starting out providing Crowd Control services and managing a large hotel chain. During this time John was in charge of managing 60 security operatives and 20 Dog Handlers, liaising with Clients and Police, managing WH& S conducting Risk Assessments and performing onsite work and supervision.
In 2001 John was appointed Operations Manager for a large security company in Sydney. His role & experience includes the following:
Managing over 200 Security Operatives & Divisional Managers, Training of Security operatives, Formulating Standard Operating Procedures & Risk Assessments, Managing WH&S
Liaising with Clients, Managing and Operating Control rooms, Managing Armed Cash Pickup services, Managing Crowd Control for Licensed Premises
2007-2013 John was appointed Kennel Manager for the Queensland Police Dog Squad
Working German Shepherd & Dogsport Clubs of Australasia
John has been in both President & Vice President roles within the WGSDCA. He also held the position of Director of Agitators/Decoys. His responsibilities here included formulating training programs to certify agitators nationally, train agitators conducting training seminars in both practical & theory components, conduct certifications & re certifications nationally. Managing certified agitators for club trials and national events whilst following international standards set forth by the WUSV in Germany. John participates in numerous Club trials & National events as an Agitator and is a well known figure in Dogsports.
Australian Corporate Protection
John manages high end trained security teams protecting critical government infrastructure and has done so for over 3 years achieving outstanding results reducing statistical breaches on site locations by up to 90% within particular environments. Providing briefings & debriefs for teams, liaising with government departments and Police agencies, formulating risk assessments, deploying high tech equipment and managing covert & overt operations. John also manages a K9 workforce of over 80 k9s. He is a true professional & is setting a benchmark within our industry.
Michelle has over 15 years’ experience in Training Law Enforcement Dogs, IPO / Schutzhund Competition dogs, Security Handlers and an extensive knowledge of Animal Husbandry & Breeding of the working line German Shepherds & Belgian Shepherds.
Michelle’s extensive knowledge and experience has enabled her to provide the highest caliber of dog training techniques not only for the Security industry but for all working dog enthusiasts with in Australia.
She has Over 15 years’ experience in Animal Husbandry, 15 years’ experience in breeding & Whelping Working Line German Shepherds and Belgian Shepherd. 15 Years’ experience of Training & competing in IPO/Schutzhund Competitions with in Australia, gaining multiple IPO Titles.
10 of those years as Training Director for Brisbane Sporting Dog Club & Sydney Dog Sport Club in IPO/Schutzhund Dog Sport.
Michelle has instructed & presented “Motivational” Dog Training Seminars with in Queensland and Provided dog enthusiasts with behavioural training techniques for problem canines.
She has 12 Years’ experience in Puppy Development for Law Enforcement agencies including Tracking, Obedience, Protection & Detection.
Michelle is also responsible for Providing high end K9 training Equipment to 90% of Government department Dog squads around Australia & New Zealand.
She is also currently the Treasurer for the Working German Shepherd & Dogsport Clubs of Australasia Inc.
You can see Michelle & her dog “RUSH” in action here.
Michelle’s Qualifications include:
Steve Austin to most within the Australian & International dog training sectors needs no introduction. He is one of the most (if not the most) accomplished dog trainers in the world with a distinguished Industry expert status providing lectures, seminars, consultancy & detection dog training programs in a wide variety of specialist applications. He has lectured at American Law Enforcement Agencies, trained Australia’s first truffle dog, delivered animal training at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo & Mount Everest kennel club in Katmandu. Steve is a true professional, his hands on experience & knowledge is second to none.
Steve single handedly delivered training over a 10 year period to over 150 teams of handlers & dogs for the Australian Government (Australian Quarantine Inspection Service-AQIS) to protect Australia’s agriculture with a 98% competent team success rate. He was involved in all aspects in delivering training. The teams were operational in all major airports & inspected courier & Australia post items. He was involved in all aspects of team training from selection, training of detection dogs and instructing handlers (theory and practical) to ensuring teams were fully operational & competent within their working environments.
Steve Austin has a distinguished Industry expert status. Some of his recent and ongoing projects include.
Certified Official of the California Narcotics (and Explosives) Canine Association of USA
Steve is one of only two non-Americans to have received certification to validate scent detector dogs for the US government.
The certification recognises Steve’s advanced expertise, which he shares regularly with the Californian Narcotics and Explosives Canine Association of United State of America. This certification is recognized around the world.
The Macquarie Island Project for Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service
Eradicating the entire 22 square kilometers of World Heritage-listed Macquarie Island from pests by canine detection is undoubtedly the largest project ever undertaken by Steve Austin. This enormous project that took over a period of 7 years, required Steve to train 7 of the 12 canines for feral animal detection for the entire island. In April 2014 the Tasmanian government declared the island to be pest free. In September 2014, Australia Post released a series of stamps dedicated to the “Dogs Who Saved Macquarie Island”.
Smoky Mouse Project - Office of Environment & Heritage, NSW
The Smoky Mouse program is part of the NSW’s Government Saving Our Species initiative. Steve trained two dogs as a double barrel impact with one dog tracking feral cats and the other locating the Smoky Mouse. This project recently commenced and now both dogs are in the field and already proving the value of wildlife detection dogs.
Department of Environment & Heritage, NSW
This canine and canine handler project has just been completed and required Steve to train one canine for use by four handlers, for the purposes of the detection of an endangered species. The handler training was conducted initially at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and then in the field in remote areas around on the NSW and Queensland borders.
Department of Primary Industry, Victoria
The Orange Hawkweed is a highly invasive plant costing loss of agricultural production and 1.8 billion dollars in weed control and it is almost impossible to identify when it isn’t in flower and even more difficult when it is covered with snow. Working in the Snowy Mountains at Kosciusko National Park, Steve trained two dogs to work with handlers from The NSW Office of Environment & Heritage and the Department of Primary Industry, Victoria. This project has been a huge success with the departments ordering more dogs for this important work.
Phillip Island Nature Reserve, Victoria
Training of canines and handlers for fox scat detection and fox tracking and ongoing accreditation of new handlers and canines.
Sunshine Coast Council
Provision of services for fox detection and training of Council employees to be K9 handlers commenced in May 2015. This project will expand to other species and training courses for the wider community.
Services for the Department of Agriculture in Japan is ongoing and includes the provision and training of canines and handlers for quarantine detection services. Progress and expansion of this program is ongoing.
Parks & Wildlife, New Zealand
Steve is heading to New Zealand early in 2017 to work with the Parks and Wildlife team to assist with the protection of the Kiwi.
Steve regularly conducts accreditation processes for Corrective Services in Australia and New Zealand.
Canine services for the detection and eradication of feral animals.
Scent detection and location identification of the Eastern Bristle Bird in the northern ranges on the New South Wales and Queensland border for the purposes of conservation. This project has been extremely successful and will continue in 2015.
Department of Primary Industry, Victoria.
Scent detection and location identification of the invasive and noxious Hawkweed plant.
Steve continues the important task of training scent detector canines (both handlers and canines) to protect Tasmania’s flora and fauna as well as the agricultural industry.
NSW Fire and Rescue and NSW State Emergency Services.
Steve is the Director of Canine Training and Lead Coordinator of the volunteer search and rescue canine teams.
Department of Primary Industries and Water, Resource Management and Conservation Fox Eradication Program, Tasmania
Appointed 2007 and is still current
NSW Parks and Wildlife
Detection of endangered bird species and detection of feral animals such as fox and feral cat. Training dogs to detect cane toads, which are having a devastating impact on native fauna.
New Caledonia Agricultural Detector Dog Unit.
For a period of 10 years, Vicki and Steve Austin founded and expanded this unit and continues to perform annual validation tests and update training
NSW and ACT Corrective Services.
Training was conducted for handlers and canines for detection of narcotics and explosives.
Various police forces in the USA.
Training was conducted for handlers and canines for detection of narcotics and explosives.
International Training – 32 countries.
Steve has been judging and validating handlers for the International Drug Searching Championship in Europe on 3 occasions and has been invited back for the next Championship to be held in Czech Republic.
Moreton Bay Island, Queensland.
Cane toad detection.
Australian Wildlife Conservancy – Detection of feral cat and fox.
Cheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia, Africa – Training dogs for scent detection to find cheetah scat for vital genetic research.
Steve’s distinguished Industry expert status has propelled him to be an industry leader in his field. Some of his previous work history includes the following
1996 – 2006 National Trainer, Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS), Detector Dog Unit – Federal Government of Australia.
Trainer, Western Australian Quarantine Inspection Service, Detector Dog Unit
Trainer, Japanese Agricultural Detector Dog Unit
Trainer, New Caledonia Agricultural Detector Dog Unit
Trainer for Fox Task Force, Tasmania Department of Primary Industries and Water
Trainer, Perigord Truffles, Detector Dog Unit
Lecturer and Judge, Czech Republic Customs Detector Dog Unit (International event)
Lecturer, California Narcotic and Explosive Detector Dog Association
Lecturer to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo
Trainer and presenter, Movie World, Gold Coast, Australia
Trainer and presenter, Colleges throughout Japan
Validator for NSW Police Detector Dog Unit (narcotics and explosives)
Steve’s Qualifications include:
Alex comes from a very strong (MMA) Mixed Martial Arts and Law Enforcement background. From 2001 - 2012 he was the Administrative Director for C.S.A.M Shoot Boxe, Casarta in Italy which is an (MMA) mixed martial arts organization. During this time Alex trained students in (MMA) Mixed Martial Arts, Kick boxing, self defence, street fighting techniques, provided & Developed specialized Military training in hand to hand combat and use of cold weapons.
His responsibilities included maintaining the health and safety of students, teaching safe training habits, Preparing lesson plans, Observe and assess students, giving them feedback on their progress, Demonstrate warm ups, skills training, and physical conditioning, Coaching students by breaking down techniques into simple moves all whilst Developing, Training and advancing his own skills.
In 2012 Alex won the Italian (MMA) Mixed Martial Arts Championship
From 2008 to 2011 Alex worked in a Special Force – (PMC) Private Military Contractors
From 2009 – 2011 Alex was a Team Supervisor for DIGOS (Italian Police Force – Intelligence). DIGOS is an Italian law enforcement agency charged with investigating sensitive cases involving terrorism, organized crime and serious offences such as kidnapping and extortion. It is a special operational division of Polizia di Stato (State Police), territorially organized within each provincial police headquarters (called Questura).
It is responsible to the national Central Police Directorate for Crime Prevention (Italian: Direzione Centrale della Polizia di Prevenzione, DCPP), which is a part of the Public Safety Department of the Interior Ministry. The DIGOS, which has an Office in each provincial headquarters, or Questura, of the Polizia di Stato acts as its Intelligence branch.
Through "general investigations" aimed at having a constant eye on the evolution on national soil of social unrest, political underground movements and sports-related violent phenomena the DIGOS periodically reports to the Minister of Interior and to the Head of Police.
Alex instructing a class
Alex’s qualifications include:
David Seedsman, is a significant part of our team. Having more than thirty-six years experience in security and policing, he has trained and assessed thousands of students and officers within the police and private sector.
As well as a professional trainer, he has vast experience in compliance, security and risk management, as well as insurance and criminal investigations, crime prevention and Intelligence Management.
He is a collaborative, diplomatic and decisive trainer, who achieves outstanding levels of cooperation, forward momentum and program success through his commitment to the education of the individual.
David, has worked in policing at some of the tougher commands in NSW, including Campbelltown, Auburn and Fairfield. He has performed security roles as a static guard, security ranger, personal protector and licenced event field operative. This equates to having served his share of long and hard shifts under the adverse conditions that his students must face from time to time.
He believes his experience in the field is one of the most significant aspects of him as a trainer. His desire is to prepare students for these challenges is brought about by taking every step possible during training to ensure they can react in a timely, professional and legal manner when required at their workplace, consequently providing quality services to management and customers alike.
David believes, a well-trained and prepared student who then achieves a position of employment, is an asset to any organisation. He is a person that will continue to assist students after having left our training by providing sound advice on matters of concern to them.
We invite you to meet David during the courses he runs, you will find that you have found a kind, efficient and effective mentor who cares about your success.
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Matt C joined our organization in 2012 he comes from an extensive Military & Security background which includes Combat Engineer, Explosive Detection Dog Handler, Multi Media Technician, Special Operations and Several years in (PMC) Private Military Contractors & security industry.
Matt has extensive experience and knowledge in the planning, preparation and execution of training in security services which encompass convoy escorts, weapons and personal security details, static and mobile tasks, key infrastructure and VIP protection. He has provided leadership and mentoring which he instils pride and ownership within his team. He achieves this through leading by example and displaying initiative and drive.
During his career he served in a well-rounded range of both engineer and training appointments. Matt’s regimental background has given him strong experience in the team ethos and his outstanding expertise in search and explosive detection dogs (EDD) made him one of the engineer corps’ leading specialists.
1995 to October 2005 – Australian Army Royal Australian Engineer Corps
Mechanised Combat Engineer, tasks included:
During the period Jan 01 to Dec 05 Matt was a Multimedia Technician, Incident Response Regiment, Special Operations Command, this position saw him work in the Geospatial Exploitation Cell. He was only one of three men at the time to do hazard modeling in the Australian Army. His duties in this position included:
1997-Jul 2001 Matt was employed as Canine handler with several units.
The most prominent being the Joint Incident Response Unit for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. For most the majority of this period he was the lead handler whilst his NCO was deployed elsewhere.
2006 - 2007 Explosive Detection Dog Handler Camp Dublin – Iraq
As the primary dog handler, He was responsible to coordinate the search of all personnel and vehicles entering and departing Camp Dublin.
July 2007 to September 2007 – Administration Manager
DFS Logistics – Iraq
Matt was responsible for the, implementation and management of procedures including, financial control and auditing monthly accounting and payrolls; preparation of detailed operational and financial reports, client liaison, staff performance management and travel and allowances. Prepared the daily Situation Report, implemented procedures for arrival and departure in Iraq and coordinated accurate reporting to allow expedient travel around the country.
He operated procurement services which were able to supply a full range of equipment, stores and services to meet the needs of the Company. This has ranged from construction stores, electrical goods, personnel (cooks and day labour), forklifts, vehicles, construction equipment, generators, armoured vehicles and waste removal services. To enable this he had to lead and manage personnel, both third country nationals and Iraqis, as staff members in each location.
2007 – 2010 Force Protection Manager, Protective Security Detail Camp Dublin – Iraq
After managing the security of the NATO portion of Camp Dublin successfully for several months, He was promoted to the Force Protection Manager for the entire camp. Matt was also a member of the Protective Security Detail. Duties included:
2012 Matt joined our organisation working in various security roles and was a Team Leader within a specialised K9 security unit protecting critical Government infrastructure. Conducting Covert & Overt Operations which included operations in conjunction with the NSW Police Force and other Government departments. During this time Matt & his team members made a significant amount of arrests whereby statistical breaches were reduced by 90%.
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Suzanne joined our organization early 2014 as a Security Dog Handler, she was part of a specialised K9 security unit protecting critical Government infrastructure. Conducting Covert & Overt Operations which included operations in conjunction with the NSW Police Force and other Government departments.
Suzanne assists Michelle with Pro K9 Supplies and our breeding program. Additionally with development training of our puppies.
Suzanne’s Qualifications include:
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