Mike Mayes, the owner and head trainer of Battle Ridge K9 Services, LLC retired from the West Virginia State Police after 25 years of service in October 2011.  He retired at the rank of Captain.  During his tenure he has served as an officer working the field as well as a supervisor and administrator.  He presently serves as Chief Deputy with the Logan County Sheriff’s Department.

In 1994, Mike initiated a statewide K9 program for the State Police and served as the commander and trainer for that program from 1995 until 2003. During this time while serving as supervisor of the K9 program, Mike provided supervision and training to over 30 K9 handlers across the state. While assigned as commander of the K9 program, Mike handled two patrol dogs and one explosive detection dog. During the past 24 years, Mike has personally trained over 600 police service dogs.

K9 Experience

Special Operations (West Virginia State Police)

  • – K9 Operations Commander
  • – Daily Supervison of 16 handlers
  • – Oversee Roadway/Nonroadway Interdiction Programs
  • – Conduct training of K9 teams
  • – Supervise K9 teams during deployments
  • – Selection of handlers/dogs
  • – Conduct in-service training of K9 teams
  • – Develop Unit S.O.P.’s

K9/Tactical Related Training

Criminal Patrol Drug Enforcement School September 
– Florida Highway Patrol
Basic Drug School – West Virginia State Police Academy
Marijuana Eradication School – Camp Dawson 
Firearms Trafficking Task Force Training  – ATF
Advanced K9 Handlers Street Survival Training  – Madison County Sheriffs Department, Virginia
Patrol K9 Seminar  – West Virginia Police Canine Association
Mantrailing Techniques – Kansas Department of Corrections
Instructor Development Course  – NorthStar Research Inc.
Supervision of Police Personnel  – Northwestern University
Domestic Canine Interdiction 
Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training  – Florida National Guard
Explosive Detector Dog Training  – Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina
Police Internal Affairs School
  Advanced Tactical K9 Training  – North American Police Work Dog Association
Handgun Firearms Instructor School
Rifle Firearms Instructor School
  Explosive Recognition
  Legal Aspects of Terrorism  – U.S. Attorneys Office – Southern District
Advanced Supervision of Police Personnel
Homeland Security – Threat Assessments – Camp Dawson 
Executive Command School- WV State Police


Work Related Training and Experience

  • Owner/Operator of Battle Ridge K9 Services, Madison, West Virginia, since 1997
    Professional trainer of police K9s since 1990
    Initiated the West Virginia State Police K9 Program
    Handled two (2) patrol dogs and two (2) explosive dogs for the WV State Police
    Personally trained or provided maintenance training for over 600 police K9 teams
    Trained or provided maintenance training of K9 teams for over 60 police agencies
    Head Trainer for the WV State Police from 1993 – 2003
    Certified patrol/narcotic K9 handler by North American Police Work Dog Association
    Certified explosive detector K9 handler by North American Police Work Dog Association
    Extensive experience in field testing police service dogs from Holland, Czech Republic, Belgium and Germany
    Member of NAPWDA (North American Police Work Dog Association)
    Former Board of Directors, West Virginia K9 Search and Rescue
    Past vice President, West Virginia Police K9 Association
    West Virginia State Coordinator for North American Police Work Dog Association
    Certified by the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency & Correction in the following areas:
    – LET Certified Handgun instructor
    – LET Certified Rifle Instructor
    LET Certified Instructor of police service K9s in the area of:
    – Narcotic detection
    – Utility/patrol work
    Instruct Law Enforcement Officers in the Use of Police K9’s to include:
    – Preparing the Crime Scene for Tracks
    – Tactical Building Searches for Felons
    – Tactical Area Searches
    – Police K9s used for narcotic searches
    Instructor for the St. Albans Police Department Fall K9 Training Seminar- October 2006
    Instructor for the St. Albans Police Department Fall K9 Training Seminar- September 2007


Awards, Accommodations and Promotions

  •   Letter of Commendation, U.S. Marshals, assistance with coal strike
    Letter of Commendation, Madison Lioness Club
      Outstanding Young Police Officer, 1989
    Promoted to the rank of Sergeant, August 1997
    Promoted to the rank of First Sergeant, May 2000
    Promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant, August 2002
  • Appointed to the rank of Captain, April 2011



  • Trooper’s Journal
    Statewide K9 Program Risk Management Program
    North American Police Work Dog Association Magazine
    West Virginia Law Enforcement Fieldbook, 2nd Edition
    The Trooper Newsletter
    The Educator (Training Source from a Law Enforcement Academy)
    Authored the Standard Operating Policies and Procedures for the WV State Police K9 Operations