The IPWDA is an 800-member association that focuses on police canine team improvement and standard certification requirements.
Master Trooper Dennis Wade received his accreditation after passing three written tests, an oral interview, and a unanimous vote from the IPWDA Executive Board.
Many hours of study and preparation are required for a candidate to even be considered for an opportunity to be tested and interviewed for this accreditation. Recipients of the Master Trainer Accreditation must also have been a certified police K-9 handler, be in good standing with the IPWDA, have trained with police work dogs for a minimum of six years and hold the certification of a police work dog trainer for a minimum of three years.
Master Trooper Wade is a 15-year veteran of the Indiana State Police Department and is currently assigned to the ISP Drug Enforcement Section as a criminal interdiction specialist and K-9 trainer.
Wade and his canine partner "Mojo" are responsible for some of the largest seizures in the history of the ISP with more than $2 million in U.S. currency, 100 kilos of cocaine, and 2,000 pounds of marijuana seized.
Master Trooper Wade holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served six years. Wade and his family reside in Hendricks County.
The Indiana State Police currently has 32 dual-purpose police work dogs in service and are certified by the International Police Work Dog Association.
The ISP will substantially benefit from Wade's accreditation because the police K-9 training and certification can now be completed "in-house."