Handler Recruitment2020-02-06T16:47:17+00:00

K9 Handler Recruitment

CSK9 Handlers are committed to compliance, training, and excellence.

CSK9’s exclusive agreement with K9 Employment, LLC provides access to a ready pool of qualified and experienced canine professionals to meet our contract delivery timelines and requirements. Personnel assigned to this contract will be recruited locally to minimize mobilization costs and risk associated with attrition related to relocation. 

Employees are our greatest asset, which is why we seek to employ quality individuals and retain them for as long as possible. Serving as a CCSF-K9 regulated entity we will ensure that candidates meet and or exceed the regulatory requirements to support the CCSP-K9’s security program as outlined in 49 CFR 1549.

CSK9 Handler Requirements

  • Ensure that all EDCT handlers assigned to screening facilities will successfully complete a Security Threat Assessment (STA) or comparable security assessment described in 49 CFR in part 1540 Subpart C before conducting screening or having unescorted access to screened cargo.

  • Will successfully complete the required initial/annual training outlined in CCSP-K9 before performing screening related duties.

  • Be a citizen of the United States and able to read, write, and understand English.

  • Possess a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma.

  • Have basic aptitudes and physical abilities to include color perception, visual and aural acuity, physical coordination and motor skills required to effectively conduct cargo screening duties.

  • Be able to hear and respond to spoken voice and audible alarms.

CSK9 Handler Requirements

  • Ensure that all EDCT handlers assigned to screening facilities will successfully complete a Security Threat Assessment (STA) or comparable security assessment described in 49 CFR in part 1540 Subpart C before conducting screening or having unescorted access to screened cargo.

  • Will successfully complete the required initial/annual training outlined in CCSP-K9 before performing screening related duties.

  • Be a citizen of the United States and able to read, write, and understand English.

  • Possess a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma.

  • Have basic aptitudes and physical abilities to include color perception, visual and aural acuity, physical coordination and motor skills required to effectively conduct cargo screening duties.

  • Be able to hear and respond to spoken voice and audible alarms.

CSK9 Handler Compliance, Benefits, & Professionalism

Background Checks

Prior to hiring, all handler recruits undergo a complete background check that meets or exceeds the Regulated Entities Security Threat Assessment Requirements.

Drug Screening

CSK9 conducts drug testing as part of background screening. Workplace drug use can come with serious consequences and our company has strict policies in place to ensure a safe work environment.

Benefits & Retention

CSK9 Handlers receive competitive salaries based on regional salary information, and full human resources support to include 401k Benefits and Medical/Dental/Vision Benefits. We strive to retain top talent, encourage work-life balance, and incentivize our employees with performance and retention bonuses, uniforms, fuel, and phone allowances.

Professionalism

Our CSK9 Teams represent us at the operational ground level. Our recruiters place exceptional handlers with prior handling experience, natural search awareness, pride in their appearance, punctuality, and an understanding of global terrorism and threat mitigation.

CSK9 Prioritizes Military Veteran & Law Enforcement Hiring

CSK9 focuses our recruitment efforts on military working dog handlers with at least 1 year of experience. We also recruit veterans of the armed services who have at least five years of experience, exceptional insight into the threats we face today, and have successfully completed the most comprehensive training available today. This focus allows us not only to hire “best in class” but to support veteran hiring initiatives.

We also look to prior law enforcement and first responder working dog handlers with at least two years of experience. Federal, state and local agencies with at least five years of experience are also considered a key recruitment group. They have received invaluable policing and security training that provides a multi-faceted layer to our Explosive Detection Canine Teams (EDCT) and enhance the team’s performance in high-risk environments.

CSK9 Handler Training & Certification

Our established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), serve as the foundation for our Basic Handler Course. CSK9 has existing canine training syllabi developed in anticipation of 3PK9-C and CCSP-K9 program implementation. The training syllabi is a dynamic, living document that is updated to reflect ongoing TSA initiatives and will be adjusted as necessary to support TSA 3PK9-C testing criteria and CCSP-K9 compliance requirements. The duration of our Basic Handler course to prepare handlers for certification varies from four to eight weeks, depending on the experience level of the handler.

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Cargo Screening Resources & News

CSK9 is constantly looking ahead of the competition to stay TSA compliant and help our screening partners find more value. We have been featured in some of the industry’s leading publications to help tell the story of why canines are so important for the future of cargo screening.

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