The Eastern States Working Dog Association is an independent non-profit police K9 organization comprised of a group of working dog and police K9 enthusiasts. These individuals work together to promote the best interests of the police K9 and working dogs utilized in law enforcement and other public safety functions.
It offers membership to all working dog and police K9 enthusiasts, it acknowledges that there are a great number of dedicated persons who are not sworn law enforcement officers who maintain a legitimate effort in the training and deployment of working dogs. This association provides a forum for those persons to validate their efforts, and attain certifications and achieve the recognition that they deserve.
It offers support, guidance, education, and training involving the use of police K9's in all areas of law enforcement and public safety. It serves as a legally recognized certifying authority for those police K9's their handlers and trainers. It recommends certification for all of it's members as police K9 teams, police K9 handlers, and police K9 trainers.