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Canine Law Enforcement Accreditation Registry - C.L.E.A.R.

The Canine Law Enforcement Accreditation Registry (C.L.E.A.R.) is a non - profit organization, designed by K-9 handlers for K-9 handlers. The organization establishes universal STANDARDS that provide operational and administrative direction to K-9 units across Canada. Individual K9 units across the country maintain standards that meet the needs of their agencies. C.L.E.A.R. will not change that. C.L.E.A.R. will strengthen individual units by advocating standard policies for use Canada wide. Identifying and meeting established standards gives management guidance and a stronger voice when dealing with civil litigation. Prior to CLEAR police K9 training was one of the few areas of Canadian Law Enforcement that previously had no national regulatory board to set standards and conduct testing.

Subsequently, several agencies have united to:

  1. Establish standard accreditation guidelines for units to meet and maintain.
  2. Identify a minimum qualification for K9 trainer certification.

Webster’s Dictionary: C.L.E.A.R. ( Kler) Free from darkness, free from doubt or blame. Easily heard, distinct as a C.L.E.A.R. voice. Able to understand, as, a C.L.E.A.R. mind. C.L.E.A.R. means free from doubt or any kind of obstruction, plain and understandable. To become or to make C.L.E.A.R.; to brighten; to render evident.


Adam Segin Edmonton Police Service - Director

Cliff Samson OPP - Secretary

CPCA Board of Directors

Q - How do I join ?

A - Contact CLEAR through the Canadian Police Canine Association and ask for an application for one of the following five categories.

To become a CLEAR certified Trainer as follows:
1. CLEAR certified Detector Dog Trainer
2. CLEAR certified Patrol Dog Trainer or
3. CLEAR certified Master Dog Trainer ( Both detection and Patrol)
4. CLEAR certified Tactical Trainer

5. To have your Unit CLEAR certified

If you are an official dog handler of a government agency an application will be sent to you along with a copy of our CLEAR Bylaws and our CLEAR trainers manual. For further details contact the writer at: [email protected]

ONLINE application forms and further information are available to CPCA members in the MEMBERS ONLY area of this website.