Jeff Rynearson

Jeff, Midwest K9 Training, Incorporated Owner/President, has extensive training and handling experience with dogs. Contact us to see how that experience can benefit you and your canine companion!

  • South Bend (IN) Police Department, Police Officer (Appointed January 9th, 1991).
  • Selected as K9 handler, April 1994-present.
  • K9 Unit training coordinator April 1996-present.
  • Promoted to the rank of Sergeant April 28, 1999.
  • Promoted to rank of Lieutenant September 14, 2005.
  • Promoted to rank of Captain January 2008.
  • Current duties include the organization, administration and supervision of entire shift of 50+/- officers and overseeing K9 unit supervisors..
  • Responsible for the testing and selection of all canines purchased by the South Bend Police Department. This has afforded the opportunity to evaluate hundreds of potential working dogs.
  • Primary trainer for the initial training of fifteen department canines which included a ten week training course. This covered obedience, tracking, area search, article search and protection.
  • Involved in over 1000 K9 deployments with over 200 resulting in apprehensions.
  • Member of Dogs Against Drugs/Dogs Against Crime, Indiana Police Work Dog Association and American Work Dog Association since September 1999.
  • 80 hrs. under the direct supervision of Sgt. Donn Yarnall (Los Angeles Police Department K9 Training Coordinator-retired) which included instruction in the use of the electronic collar, protection, control and obedience.
  • Certified instructor through the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (2001).
  • Certified Police K9 training instructor through Oakland Community College (MI)/Oakland Police Academy (May 2000) 80hrs.
  • Certified Explosives/Narcotics Odor Imprintation Trainer's Course (June 2003) through Von Liche Kennels, Denver, IN. 80hrs.
  • Certified K9 Decoy/K9 Behavior Course through Guardian K9, Inc. (May 2007) 40hrs.
  • Assisted U. S. Secret Service with explosives searches on two Vice-Presidential and five Presidential security details.
Bryan Miller

Bryan Miller is a 9 year veteran on the South Bend Police Department. Bryan has been working with the K9 Unit since 2006 assisting with the training of the patrol dogs. In February of 2008, Bryan was made a full time K9 Handler. He and his partner Boss are the only dual purpose patrol/explosive detection team in the 10 Member K9 Unit.

In addition to his duties as a K9 Handler, Bryan is also a member of the SWAT Team. He is a SWAT Sniper, a Firearms Instructor, and a Field Training Officer. Bryan is one of the lead trainers in the department's firearms training program. He specializes in pistol, shotgun and patrol riffle/carbines.

Bryan has been a co-trainer at Midwest K9 Training, Incorporated since the spring of 2008.

Chad Thomas

Chad Thomas started his law enforcement career in Nov. 1998 with the Mishawaka Police Department. In January of 2003, He was made a full time K9 Handler working a single purpose drug dog. Chad is currently working with his second K9 partner, Rex, a dual purpose patrol/narcotics GSD.  In December of 2011, Chad was promoted to K9 Unit Supervisor.

In addition to his duties as a K9 Handler, Chad is also a member of the St. Joseph County Metro SWAT Team. He currently holds instructor level law enforcement certificates in Less Lethal munitions, Active Shooter, SIMS and Field Training Officer.  

Chad has been a co-trainer at Midwest K9 Training, Incorporated since February of 2012.

Steve Noonan

Steve Noonan has been a police officer with the South Bend Police Department since 1990. Steve began his K9 career with the department in 1992. He has served in that capacity since returning to the unit in 2000 after a two and a half year assignment as a homicide detective. He currently holds the rank of Lieutenant working the midnight shift.

Steve also holds a Police K9 Trainers' Certificate from Oakland Community College (MI) and a Narcotics/Explosives Trainers' Certificate from Vohne Liche Kennels (Denver, IN). He has been a co-trainer for Midwest K9 Training since 2005.