Howard A. Knauf
Howard is a life long resident of Florida. He grew up with guns, hunting and fishing. He is a serving Police K9 Officer who has earned "Top Gun" status in a 40 hour law enforcement tactical semi-auto pistol school.
He has had had thousands of hours of police firearms training in the last 21 years which primarily included semi-automatic pistols, Colt M16 .223 cal rifles and 12 gauge shotguns. His experience with firearms includes everything from .54 caliber muzzle loading rifles and .50 cal semi auto pistols to high velocity, center fire varmint rifles, big game hunting rifles and various military arms to include the AK47.
Among his many achievements, he can count:
- 21 years service as a police officer (Still serving with Melbourne PD)
- 9 years as a police K9 handler (currently serving as a K9 Officer).
- 11 years as a certified FDLE police K9 instructor (active certification) trained and handled his agency's first explosives detection dog.
- 3 exceptional duty bars
- 2 meritorious service bars
- 4 campaign bars
- 2 commendation/life saving bars
- 1 unit meritorious performance bar
- 6 certificates of commendation
- officer of the month December 1996
- officer of the month March 2001
- co-officer of the month January 1997
- registered and verified as an Expert Witness with the Thomson Reuters Round Table Group Expert Witness Program
He is also the owner of "Kilo-1 K9" a private company dedicated to training dogs in numerous disciplines including pet, personal protection, detection, sport and police work. Howard is well known in Central Florida as a behaviorist specialized in dealing with aggressive dogs.
EDC: Caracal 9mm Compact