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John Marinos

Breed Handling Class Instructor/Maximum K9 Detection Handler

Certification/Degrees

• Maximum K9 dog training certification
• Schutzhund USA Certified Decoy
• NYS Licensed Security Guard
• TWIC (Transportation Workers Identification Card)
• Certified K9 Handler- Tripwire Operations
• PA Municipal police officers education & training commission K9 certification CE
• NYPD Retired

John joined the NYPD in 1986 in the 71st Precinct in Brooklyn. He worked patrol and in the Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit (SNEU). John transferred to the Organized Crime Control Bureau, Narcotics Division for several years before transferring back to the 71st Precinct. John purchased his first Doberman in 1978 and began showing in conformation and obedience once he retired from the NYPD Narcotics Division.  John served as V.P. of the Long Island Doberman Pinscher Club and President of the Long Island German Shorthaired Pointer Club. He is licensed by the American Kennel Club to judge all breed JR. Showmanship and Hunting Tests (Junior, Senior and Master hunter tests) He handles professionally on a limited basis and has shown and handled dogs in many venues including AKC, UDC and ADA shows. He has also handled and titled dogs in conformation, obedience, rally, hunt tests and working dog sport. Currently, John owns two Dobermans and two German Shorthaired Pointers. As an owner, he has handled one of his dogs to the Top 25 in the country and is currently a Silver Grand Champion.

Some of John’s dogs have been featured models in high-end fashion ads by J Hass & Jones New York. They have also appeared in an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories on The Biography Channel.

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Miguel Marmol

Certified Dog Trainer/ Maximum K9 Detection Handler

Certification/Degrees

• Maximum K9 dog training certification
• NYS Licensed Security Guard
• TWIC (Transportation Workers Identification Card)
• Certified K9 Handler- Tripwire Operations
• K9 Law Enforcement Certification Las Vegas CE
• PA Municipal police officers education & training commission K9 certification CE

Miguel has been around dogs for 25 years. He grew up training dogs and that quickly turned into his career. Miguel trains and shows American Pitbull Terriers and specializes in detection training. The first dog that Miguel trained in detection was a seizure alert dog. As he became interested in protection, he found his way to the Maximum K9 store where he became friends with Joe. He continued his career training and handling his Belgian Malinois, Enzo, with Maximum K9 Detection.

Miguel is a NYS Security Guard, is TWIC Certified and has completed a sixteen-hour K9 Law Enforcement Certification through K9 Las Vegas.

Morgan Dog Trainer

Morgan Dalis

Detection Operations Coordinator

Morgan’s mother was a dog trainer so she grew up training her childhood dogs as well as those in her neighborhood. She spent her childhood through early 20’s working with and training horses in various disciplines. At 26, Morgan adopted Ruby, a hound mix, to train as a psychiatric service dog. Morgan’s parents had their dogs trained through Maximum K9’s board and train program so she was able to see first hand results of the balanced training method. She liked the method so much that she joined the Max K9 team to continue her dog training education. Morgan’s training interests include service dog training and detection training; she is training Ruby as a narcotics detection dog and her Belgian Malinois, Drac, as an explosives detection dog.

Kevin Livingston

Kevin Livingston

Maximum K9 Detection Handler

Clubs and Certifications
• United Schutzhund Clubs of America
• Rottweiler Klub of North America
• United States Rottweiler Club
• Mid-Island Schutzhund Club
• Tripwire Operations K9 Handler
• NYPD Active

Kevin got his first Rottweiler in 2014, at which point he fell in love with the breed. He started training at Maximum K9 in 2015 where he realized the full potential of the Rottweiler and all working breeds; this led him to become active in Rottweiler Sieger shows and IPO. Kevin’s background in law enforcement led him to an interest in K9 detection so he began training as a K9 handler for Maximum K9 Detection Service. He currently owns three Rottweilers, 2 males and a female, a male Belgian Malinois and a female French Bulldog.

Chris Connolly

Chris Connolly

Maximum K9 Detection Handler

Chris  Connolly is a retired NYPD detective with over 20 years of law enforcement experience; he has worked narcotics investigations, fugitive apprehensions, burglary, robbery, and homicide cases.

Chris also served in the US army airborne infantry, conducting Long Range Surveillance operations. He grew up with dogs, cats, and numerous other pets.

Chris came to Maximum K9 Service in 2014 for obedience and became interested in dog training and detection handling. He is now a K9 handler for Maximum K9 Detection Service.

Rich Monroe

Rich Moore

Maximum K9 Detection Handler

Richard Monroe Jr. is a retired (2011) New York City Corrections Officer with 25 years of service. He was assigned to the Emergency Service Unit (S.W.A.T.) and held the title of  Special Weapons and Tactics Instructor. Richard Monroe has trained extensively in the field of Law Enforcement.  He is a certified instructor in many vital topics that are the structural foundations of Law Enforcement/ Emergency Services. His certifications include but are not limited to the following: Lethal and Non Lethal Use of Force Tactics, Ballistic operations, Chemical Agents and Defensive Sprays, Confined Space Rescue, High Security Escorts, Defensive Tactics, Hazmat and Executive Protection. His extensive training also involved training with NYC Department of Corrections K-9 Unit. This training enhanced his K-9 training/ handling skills on a personal and professional level. Personally, he has been raising and training his K-9’s for many years.

Richard Monroe has trained and certified N.Y.P.D. Emergency Service Unit, Suffolk County Corrections,Bergen County Sheriff’s Department S.E.R.T. Team, U.S. Marshals and Norfolk Virginia Sheriff’s Department. His other accomplishments include: successful completion of N.Y.P.D. Emergency Service Unit Specialized Training School (class of 2000). A team leader and participant assigned to the World Trade Center rescue and recovery operation,Ground Zero Site 9/12/01 to 9/12/02. As well as the rescue and recovery operation of American Airline Flight #587 on 10/11/01.

In July of 2012 Mr. Monroe continued his law enforcement career by accepting a job with Secur-it (Security Company). Who was awarded the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement Contract, New York. His title was Lieutenant/ Commanding Officer and was responsible for supervising the daily operations of a staff consisting of approximately 50 officers/contractors who transported detainees between New York and New Jersey. He also was responsible for hiring new personnel, annual training, writing SOP’s for all posts, overtime and budget demands as per DHS contract. Lieutenant Monroe successfully remained in this title until March of 2018 when the contract ended.