Travis Walthall (Ret.)

Travis Walthall

Patriot K-9 Training, LLC

1801 W. 32nd St. Suite C-210

Joplin, Mo. 64804

Phone: 417-434-6741



I have twenty-three years of law enforcement experience. During that time, I served as the K-9 Team Leader and Master Instructor for the Joplin Police Department’s five dog teams. I was responsible for every aspect of the daily operations of the team. I also served as a department firearms instructor and as a field trainer officer.

Owner and Founder of Patriot K-9 Training and Consulting

(July 2016-Present)

I founded and operate Patriot K-9 Training to improve police K-9 operations throughout the United States. As a North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) Master Trainer, my goals and training methods are built upon NAPWDA standards. NAPWDA is one of the most recognized and respected police dog organizations in the country.

It is my goal to place high quality, professionally trained police canines and handlers on the streets in order to assist in making your community safer for citizens and officers. Our consulting service is designed to assist administrators in establishing and maintaining a proficient canine program. We offer education in the areas of handler selection, legal issues, budgets, community relations, canine program expectations, and program needs and requirements.


(Part-time 2003-Present)

(Full-time March 2016-Present)

I currently serve as the Continuing Education Coordinator for Law Enforcement Programs. I am responsible for coordinating our class offerings in order to assist area officers in training. As a POST certified Generalist Instructor, I also teach a variety of classes, which include, firearms, K-9 topics and training, and high risk vehicle stops.

I am responsible for the training of prospective police officers to POST standards in the area of firearms at the MSSU Regional Police Academy. I have served as a police academy firearms instructor since 2003.


Joplin Police Department (1999-2016)

As a K-9 handler and K-9 team supervisor, I was attached to the patrol bureau of the Joplin Police Department. I was responsible for the training of all department police service dogs and their handlers. I was also responsible for the daily operations of the K-9 team including, scheduling, budget management, and record keeping, including training and deployment records. I also researched and developed K-9 operations and use policies.

Patrol Officer (1996-1999)

I was attached to the patrol bureau of the police department. During that time, I served the citizens of the City of Joplin as part of their front line of protection.

Firearms Instructor (1996-2016)

As a firearms instructor for the department, I was responsible for the training and proficiency of the department’s officers with their handguns, shotguns, and patrol rifles.


As a Jasper County deputy, I began my service to the citizens of the county as a jail security officer. After a short time in that position, I successfully tested for a patrol position. During that time, I attended my first Department of Justice Range Officer School and became a firearms instructor.