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BPSCA Representative; J.J. Fitzpatrick, MCGI, MBIPDT, FdSc, Cert Ed

A Former Royal Air Force Police Warrant Officer, Fitz is the General Secretary of The British Police and Services Canine Association.  He is works as a full time dog trainer and behaviourist with Cosford Dog Training and Skylarks Animal Management Ltd.

Criminal & Legal Background

A former Royal Air Force Police Special Investigator, Fitz has many years of service with in the RAF Police Special Investigations Branch, having held positions in the course of his career as an Investigator, Crime Manager and Warrant Officer heading the RAF SIB Major Crime Team and High Tech Crime Unit. He is highly experienced in interviewing, compiling evidence and presenting evidence in court.  He has completed the National Drugs Officers course with West Yorkshire Police and the High Tech Crime Managers Course with the National Policing Improvements Agency (NPIA).  He has a thorough knowledge of Canine Legislation.

Academic and Professional Qualifications

Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Canine Behaviour and Training awarded by the University of Hull 2008.

Certificate in Education in Post Compulsory Education awarded by the University of Wolverhampton in 2010.

Numerous Dog handling and Training qualifications spanning 1981-2013.

High level qualifications in Instruction, Instructor Assessment and Development and Coaching awarded by the Defence Centre for Training Support and the Army Staff Leadership School.

Awarded Membership of the City and Guilds Institute 2013.

Instruction in Canine Behaviour and Training

During his Service as the Senior Instructor Joint Service Dog School, Defence Animal Centre, Fitz authored and produced the majority of canine behaviour and learning theory packages delivered to students from the Armed Services and those of overseas agencies being trained at the DAC undertaking advanced courses of instruction.

Practical Dog Training

In the course of his career training pet dogs he has helped over 3,000 dog owners train their dogs and achieve a better relationship with them. In regard to behaviour modification he has worked with well in excess of 300 dogs and their owners (www.cosforddogtraining.co.uk)

Canine Development

As head of the Young Military Working Dog Development Programme he devised and delivered a comprehensive programme to ensure the development of high quality puppies through to fully licensed military working dogs.  Upon leaving the Service he remained as a consultant to the programme for a further 12 months.  During the 4 years of operation the programme had a successful licensing rate in excess of 90%. He continues to offer a bespoke canine development service to private clients via Skylarks Animal Management Ltd, a company of which he is a Director.

Specialist Training of Detection dogs

Fitz has extensive experience as an instructor and examiner in a number of detection disciplines and currently trains dogs for various detection roles including environmental and research projects.


Television and Media Consultations

In his previous military role Fitz appeared in Animal Heroes, in his capacity as head of Young Military Working Dog Development.  He has carried out work with his dogs in for Churchill Insurance and appeared with his working Malinois; Jimmy, in Sports Relief’s Top Dog. On behalf of Churchill Insurance he delivered an introduction to dog training to members of the press at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and a series of behaviour consultations at Battersea’s Windsor Branch.

He is regularly consulted in regard to the history of and the use of Police and Military working dogs by the media in a private capacity and in relation to his role as Secretary of the British Police and Services Canine Association.

Personal Canine Achievements

Qualified as an RAF Police Dog Handler in 1981

National RAF Police Trials Champion 1983, setting a points record and achieving it with the youngest dog to win the title.  (A record that still stands)

Qualified Kennel Manager

Qualified Drug Dog Handler

Competed with civilian dogs in KC Working trials achieving CD Ex, UD Ex and WDEx, currently working at TD level

Achieved 2nd Place in BPSCA and Service Dog of the Year Trial in 2013 and 2014

British Institute of professional Dog Trainers

Professional Member since 2008

Trainer and Examiner for BPSCA Security Division since 2012

KCGCDS trainer and examiner, all levels since 2001

Member of BAGSD

Member of GSD League of GB