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Jim Vernon

Former chairman and founder member of (DESA)

Jim Vernon was the former chairman and founder member of the Drugs and Explosives Search Association (DESA). After leaving the British Army in the mid 70’s Jim has spent his time teaching CT- search mostly utilising dog and handler teams. He has lectured, trained, supplied and provided services to mostly law enforcement, military and private security in many sectors including Humanitarian and NGO’s. It is fair to say he has a number of world firsts under his belt and includes a special award for ‘Services to Law Enforcement’ from Cambridge University Commonwealth Secretariat on Commercial crime in the early 90’s.

After retiring he spent three years as a full time volunteer running a local charity he says “To give something back”. Jim came back out of retirement to continue his push for better K9 CT-search standards in an Industry he says is still mired in its own problems. That includes lobbying Politicians and decision makers worldwide, often at his own expense. He also writes and advises on training programs and is a level 4 Lead Internal Quality Assurance professional. Currently sitting on the (GICHD in Geneva) working group review of the IMAS/UNMAS standards for De-mining search dogs and drafting Tech notes for Explosives search dogs in their new EDD standards.

Jim continues to advise and traveling the world advocating and championing the cause of standards and safety, in mainly the explosives and humanitarian De-mining search sectors. He recognises an IED search and aid worker protection is now often involved in humanitarian supply roles in semi or non-permissive environments. Jim’s previous knowledge of working in hostile environments makes him a valuable asset in any crisis planning and operational threat assessment phase.