BILL COTTON: Mantrailing
Bill began his law enforcement career in 1985 with the Prince Georges County Police Department. In 1988 he was assigned to the SOD-K9 Unit where he served the community and became the K-9 Trainer in 1994 until his retirement from P.G. County in 2006. He has received numerous awards including the Bronze Medal of Valor.
As a K9 Officer he handled multiple patrol, narcotic and explosive detection K9’s. As a trainer he has trained numerous local, State and Federal Agencies for patrol, narcotics, and explosives. He has served as an instructor for USPCA National Seminars.
In 2010 Bill was hired by the Charles County Sheriff’s Department as the full-time civilian Trainer SOD-K9. He has trained multiple agencies in patrol, narcotics, and explosives. He continues to pass along his street knowledge and Tracking Techniques to this unit and other agencies.
Bill’s hobbies include hunting and fishing which he shared with his father. Bill studied the hunting dog’s behavior and abilities to scent their prey and how environmental conditions affected the scent. These learning tools carry over to his motivation and dedication for officer safety. His training techniques involve attention to details he has learned while working the streets with his K9 partners