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  • Ad ID: 5375

  • Added: March 31, 2019

  • Location: International (Outside of USA)

  • State: South Africa

  • Phone: +27646844538

  • Views: 1302

  • Date Available: 03-31-19

  • Willing To Relocate: Yes

  • Email:

  • Handler Type: Explosives Detection


Introducing Andrea Tommaso Canestra


Objective: I am a self-motivated, professional, punctual, disciplined, self-motivated and a courteous individual.I aim to provide effective and professional service at all times.
Mission: To exceed all expectations, to be loyal and provide effective service.

1. My name is Andrea Tomasso Canestra with South African Citizenship.
2. I also hold Italian Citizenship and I am in possession of a valid Italian passport.
3. I am in possession of a current valid working Visa for Iraq.
4. I am a Christian, honest and reliable and work well under pressure.
5. I have no criminal record and SAPS clearance.
6. I am a Commissioner of Oaths for the Republic of South Africa, appointed by the Department of Justice.
7. I read, write and speak both South African languages (Afrikaans and English) fluently.
8. I matriculated at Sterling High School in East London, Eastern Cape.
9. I need 2 modules to complete the National Higher Certificate in Policing (UNISA).
10. At present I am studying LLB through UNISA and am in my 3rd year.
11. I own a motor vehicle and have a Code 10 Driver’s License with PDP, also Motorbike Code A1.
12. I am married and my 16 year old son is a scholar at Grey High School in Port Elizabeth.
13. I am computer literate and confident in all Word Programmes (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
14. I can be contacted at +27646844538 or alternatively my wife Susan Canestra on 0845153535 or email or
15. I am able to produce all original certificates when I am called for an interview.


Safelane Global, Somalia Senior Explosive Detection Dog Handler, United Nations January 2018 – Current • Successful completion of Frontex Explosive Dog Handling Course.
• Successful completion of United Nations Accreditation as per United Nations Standards and Regulations to serve as an Explosive Detection Dog Handler.
• Daily maintenance of K9’s explosive detectability through continuous training.
• Daily care of 2x explosive detection dogs assigned to handler.
• Keeping and maintaining the required working standards required by the United Nations, African Union and the African Mission of Support to Somalia.
• Providing K9 security support to reduce the terrorist and explosive threats faced by the UN,AMISOM or African Union Peacekeeping forces on military missions in the Red Zones or at static check points, building searches, Open Areas, vehicles searches, Road Clearing and clearing of VIP venues attended by government officials or other high profile dignitaries.

AMK9/Constellis, Iraq Explosive Detection Dog Handler March 2015 – December 2017 • Successful completion of American K9 Detection Explosive Dog Handler Course.
• Successful completion of Explosive Dog Handler’s Certification as per the United States Army Standards and Regulations.
• Successful completion of the identification of explosives and explosive devices course, provided by United States Bomb Disposal.
• Daily care and maintenance of K9 and kennels.
• Training and maintaining K9 to the required United States Army K9 Standards.
• Provide explosive K9 services to the Iraqi Military at static check points to protect the Iraqi Air Force’s F16 Fighter Project from terrorist and explosive threats.
Ernest and Young Consortium Forensics Investigator August 2014 – February 2015 • Investigation of Road Accident Claims of the Road Accident Fund.
Salama Fikira Group, Kenya and Nigeria Consultant August – December 2013 • Health, Risk and Safety Officer for Tigerbrands, Nigeria.
Anchor Protection Services Forensics Investigator
January – July 2013 • Forensics Investigator – Old Mutual E/Cape.
• Local investigations.
• Sniffer Dog Trainer; Maritime Searches.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Investigator 2008 -2012 • Internal and External Investigator
• Health and Safety
• Risk Assessment
South African Police Services Warrant Officer 1992 – 2008 • Detective at Organised Crime.
• Visual Tracker; Explosive Dog Handler
• Giving evidence, taking statements.
Market Research Vision Research Interviewer Part time and ongoing • Cold canvasing
• Interviewing respondents

Curriculum Vitae of Andrea Tommaso Canestra


1. Cellphone investigation
2. Tracing and identification of fire arms
3. Crime Scene Management
4. Ballistics and FCL and DNA
5. Docket administration
6. Integrated Task Team Approach
7. Legal aspects of the Criminal Procedure Act:
Sections 49;204;256 and 205
8. Serial Killers, rapists and muti murders
Statement and warning statement taking
9. Investigation techniques
10. Confessions and Pointing outs
11. Crimes against the State
12. Forensic Pathology
13. Hostage Negotiations
14. Taxi Violence
15. Informer Handling
16. ID Parades
17. Entomology
18. Hi-jacking 1. Global Profiling Computer Course
2. Tactical Policing with the Dog
3. Special Weapons and Tactics-SWAT
4. Basic Aspects of Document-Related Investigation
5. Interviewing of suspects and statement taking
6. Debugging and tracing of listening devices
7. End-User Computing (Unisa) – computer literate
8. Vehicle Circulation and NATIS computer system user-operation
9. Explosive Dog Handler Course
10. Identification of Explosives and Explosive Devices
11. Patrol Dog Handlers Course
Completion of two patrol dog handlers courses
12. Visual Tracking;
13. Advanced Driving
14. WORD 2010 Intermediate
15. EXCEL 2010 intermediate
16. POWER POINT 2010 Basic
SAPS Computer Courses
1. Crim-System Course
2. Relevant Definitions
3. Process flow of the SAPS CRC
4. CRC Reference numbers
5. Review: Crim –System
6. Functions Keys
7. Login and Log out Procedures
8. General Enquiries: Active Database
9. General Enquiries: In-Active Database

International training

1. American Explosive Detection Dogs
2. Norwegian Frontex Explosive Detection Dogs
3. United Nations Explosive Detection Dog Accreditation

PSIRA (Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority) REGISTERED COURSES COMPLETED

1. B Grade
2. C.I.T (Cash in transit)
3. Armed Response
4. Fire arms competency
5. Patrol Dog Handler’s Course Psira registered
6. Appointed as a National Commissioner of Oaths by the Department of Justice in June 2013.

Third year student at UNISA – studying towards a degree in Bachelor of Laws (LLB).
National Police Diploma through UNISA – need two modules to complete Diploma.

• Law 1
• Law 2
• Management Leadership
• Investigation of Crime 1
• Investigation of Crime 2
• Investigation of Crime 3
• Policing 1
• Policing 2
• Afrikaans – Policing • End-User Computing (2013)
• Introduction to Law
• Law of Persons
• Skills Course for Law Students
• Foundations of South African Law
• Family Law
• Law of Succession
• Criminal Law Specific Crimes
• General Principles of Civil Procedure
• Originals of South African Law
• South African Constitutional Law
• African Customary Law

Deployed from January 2018 to various Forward Operating Bases in Somalia under the banner of the United Nations and AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia) and African Union Peacekeeping Mission.

1. To pass the necessary accreditation and be correctly certified prior to commencing operations
2. EDD must be under control at all times.
3. Daily inspections must be carried out and recorded.
4. Handlers are responsible for the health and welfare of their designated EDD and within their section.
5. All handlers have a duty of care to all dogs within their section.
6. Maintaining the dogs’ operational capabilities with correct training and record keeping.
7. No medication is to be given to an EDD without seeking veterinary advice and approval.
8. A feeding routine is to be adhered to as closely as possible.
9. Only a nutritionally balanced, approved dog food should be used with the correct amount served to each individual dog, thus ensuring the dog maintains a healthy body.
10. All continuation training must be carried out in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures.
11. All training is to be auditable with approved training logs. These will be monitored by the Kennel Master.
12. Safe handling of all training aids is a priority.
13. Personal and EDD hygiene procedures, appropriately, correctly dressed and presentable at all times.
14. Relevant PPE must be worn in accordance with the designated tasking.
15. Provide k9 EDD support to the UN and AMISOM on missions conducted in the red zones on patrols or static check points. This included vehicle searches, open area clearing, roadway clearing, building searches and general patrol duties in a military convoy.

Employment: AMK9 Middle East, Balad, Iraq
While employed at AMK9 (American K9 Detection Dog Services) as an Explosive K9 Handler at an Air Force Base in Iraq. Handlers are responsible to the FOB (Forward Operating Base) Kennel Master in all but not limited to the following duties: Conduct daily kennel care for their assigned contract working dog (CWD) or conduct kennel care as directed by the FOB Trainer. This includes maintaining assigned CWD’s diet. Substantial weight loss or gains should be noticed immediately and reported to FOB Trainer.
Conduct daily health checks/grooming on assigned CWD. Report any discrepancies or irregularities to the FOB Trainer. Adhere to the daily duty roster and or training schedule, in the proper uniform and on time.
Conduct periodic checks on assigned CWD (2-3 hours) to ensure K-9 has adequate water. Report any irregularities or safety issues to the FOB trainer.

Strictly adhere to AMK9 Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) while working post and understand and comply with FOB post instructions. Properly maintain assigned K-9 equipment. Conduct periodic inspections to ensure equipment is safe and in good working condition. Thoroughly know, apply and report response procedures, document all K-9 responses that occur while working post. Immediately report to KM, generate necessary documentation. Document training records daily. Ensure optimum patrol training schedule and required detector dog training hours are met on a weekly basis. Utilize your assigned canine as directed by the Kennel Master or his designee in support of US Military operations. Utilization will consist of Entry Point, Perimeter, and internal FOB checks.
Other duties may be assigned.

I worked as a dog handler/trainer and investigator for a maritime security company in Port Elizabeth, South Africa called Anchor Protection. I trained the dogs for maritime security to search and detect stowaways hiding aboard International Shipping Company’s ships that are berthed at the two harbors situated in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
I had numerous successes with these searches because the dog reacted and pointed out stowaways aboard ships after a labour intensive manual search had been conducted but had failed in finding any stowaways aboard. The use of sniffer dogs to detect stowaway’s on-board ships is saving shipping companies that use this service, thousands of US dollars. Should a stow-away not be found, shipping companies would have to pay to repatriate the stowaway to his country.

I am also in possession of a mandate from Old Mutual to do forensic investigations in the Eastern Cape. Most of the investigations that have to be done is in the old Transkei (a former homeland) which is very rural and is populated mostly by indigenous Africans. I have a good understanding of their culture and understand the importance of having a good working environment with the indigenous people in order to succeed with the investigations.

I Services as well as investigations designated by the Legal Department HOD, Advocate Newton, of the NMMU for internal prosecutions as well as criminal prosecutions. My investigations entailed the taking of statements according to the prescribed format; interviewing complainant’s suspects and sources. I gathered both written and physical evidence, as well as forensic evidence, and safely stored, recorded and managed it while investigating the different cases. All the investigation case dockets that were been investigated, and the evidence gathered, was managed, inspected, correctly recorded in the different registers that were designed by myself as there was nothing in place before I was appointed to show and prove continuity of evidence gathered and of case dockets that had been assigned for investigation. The evidence and case dockets were safely stored by me until the investigation had been completed. Once the investigations were finalized the dockets were prepared and relevant evidence gathered for each investigation was then handed over to the Legal Department’s prosecutions officer so that it could be used for disciplinary internal hearings. When criminal offences had been committed on the NMMU campus, whether by staff, students or by criminal syndicates, all evidence and statements that had been taken by me and any information that I gathered through my informer network, would be handed over to the SAPS after I registered a case with them for criminal prosecution by the state.

During this period I attended serious crime scenes committed on campus and managed and protected the crime scenes until the SAPS arrived in order to protect any evidence that might have been left at the scene and assist the police in their investigation. I recruited and handled sources and created an informer network. I tasked the informers to gather certain information and then debrief them later and typed reports about the intelligence gathered. I used my informer network to trace and identify possible criminal suspects that had or wanted to target the institution for criminal activities. If suspects were identified I gathered intelligence and could identify arrest them if they trespassed on campus. I also planned and executed surveillance operations on property or buildings belonging to the institution that were identified by criminals in order to arrest the subjects in the act. I liaised all the intelligence gathered with the local SAPS and if necessary asked the police to assist in operations I planned. A written report on information gathered was submitted to the HOD of Protection Services and this information was also is used in crime prevention strategies. I liaise with the SA Police Service on criminal cases that were opened by staff members, students or the Institution and kept them informed on the progress of the criminal investigation and kept the HOD Protection Services informed on the internal and criminal cases progress.

My tasks also included identifying shortfalls in the security systems and advising on mitigating measures and improved Standard Operating Procedures( SOP’s)
I am well versed in incident and post incident management plans and requirements.
Between 2008 and 2012 I was also involved on a contract basis to do risk assessment and intelligence gathering for Aspen Pharmaceutical in Port Elizabeth. Intelligence on potential risks that the company was facing and of passed incidents was gathered by placing undercover agent within the company to infiltrate and successfully identify sources of losses and irregularities from staff and outside criminal syndicates that threatened the Aspens products and or property. The information gathered from the agents and my advice about prevention measures was put into typed reports and sent to management where it would be enforced in company policies and procedures. The information that was gathered was also communicated to the South African Police Service for their investigation and assistance in the arrest and prosecution of persons identified as threats. A close police client working environment was essential for effective management of the threats identified.

Tiger Brands Group, Nigeria appointed The Salama Fakira Group to conduct ongoing terrorist threat analysis. I was appointed by the Nairobi based company to compile the subsequent risk assessment report for Tiger Brands Group/ Dangote Flour Mills, Nigeria as an HSSE Officer Consultant. After identifying and compiling the report I undertook to address the risks so identified by inter alia developing effective risk mitigation procedures, services and measures that encompass a holistic approach. My approach was to undertake this in a systematic, sequential and time driven project that was managed by myself according to a project plan I drafted and which was accepted by the client. All progress was typed into weekly reports and presented for perusal by the client.

• Site visits; Closure of Risk Control Findings.
• Terrorist Risk Assessments.
• Compiling reports daily.
• Development and Implementation of Policies & Procedures – Strike Plan, Accident Investigation, Business Continuity Management.
• Security – Security assessment (assets and people) including Expats accommodation and vehicles
Corporate Office Security; Driver Training – Security; Journey Management – Airport collections & drop offs
• Safety Health and Environment and Quality; SHEQ Committee, appointments and Meetings
Appointment of SHE Representatives and training; Planned Job Observations (PJO); Staff appointments (Medicals, background checks and financial checks); Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); Fire Teams; First Aid Teams; Training (SHE Reps, Fire Teams, First Aiders)
• Reporting and Communication: Risk Monthly Scorecard; Monthly reports; Risk Communication and Awareness include Notice Boards Safety signage; Recommended Risk Structure & Accountabilities; Systems (Current vs. Required); People competence and accountabilities (Current vs. Required)
• Appointment and Mentoring of Group Risk Consultant (GRC)

Job description as an Explosive and Patrol Dog handler in the South African Police Service
I served in the South African Police Services for 16 years of which 14 years was as an Explosive and Patrol dog handler and held the rank of Warrant Officer. My duties as an explosive/patrol dog handler were:
• To conduct searches for the detection of fire-arms and explosives as stipulated in the explosive amendment Act 83of 1997, on any mode of transportation, buildings, containers or open spaces.
• To do regular searches at the Port of Entry points.
• To search specific venues for explosives, to ensure the safety and security of VIP’s.
• To care and maintain training standards of police dogs.
• To present evidence in court.
• To apprehend suspects with the aid of a patrol dog where necessary in rural areas and dense terrain, and to follow suspects tracks not older than 4 hours.
• To search for stolen and or lost property and other evidence to assist in the investigation of crimes.
• To render service to the community and other members of the SAPS in the prevention and combatting of all serious and violent crime and other related crime where a patrol dog can be utilized.
• Utilize visual tracking skills in urban and rural areas where the terrain allows it.
Dog Handler and Visual Tracker: During my service in the South African Police Service, I was a dedicated and hardworking dog handler and capable of using my own initiative and think fast on my feet to execute my duties, make arrests and to stay alive. My police dogs were kept on high standards because of constant training and commitment from my side. While working as a handler I worked extra-long hours to keep my police dog on a high standard without being remunerated for any overtime worked.
Detective: I also served for numerous years as a Detective Warrant Officer at the Police Organised Crimes Detective Services. I investigated the following types of criminal cases: Theft of motor vehicle, fraud, uttering of documents, theft, house breaking, cash in transit, bank robberies, hi jacking’s, murders, police murders and other serious and violent crimes. I attended numerous courses, including a detective course and forensic investigation courses such as: Commercial Crime Forensic; Advanced Fraud Investigation; Fraud Awareness Basic Aspects of Document-Related Investigation; Advanced Fraud Investigation serious and violent course, stolen vehicle identification course and other in-service training investigation courses such as criminal record inquiries and NATS.
I also attended fraud workshops and had in-service and formal training on how to apply for the appropriate documentation through our courts in order to obtain evidence needed for a successful prosecutions and convictions in court. Examples of such documentation are; section 205 warrants for mobile phone statements, bank statements, mobile phone tracking and application to give evidence as a state witnesses etc. I attended interviewing of suspects and handling of informant’s courses. All finalised investigations were then handed over to the National Prosecution Authority for criminal prosecution. I had an excellent conviction rate because of good investigation work done. I also compiled detailed and factual investigation reports for the relevant police authorities, to inform them on the progress of the investigations been done against police members.
Military service within the South African Defence Force
• After completing High School I was conscripted to do compulsory military service for 1 year. My Force number was 89383566 BG. My compulsory military deployment conscription after high school was to the 1st South African Infantry Battalion in, Bloemfontein. Once enlisted in the military all recruits underwent psychometric and basic physical and medical evaluation. Whilst undergoing basic training recruits were identified or were given the option to apply to different military units and undergo a selection process .If successful in the selection they would undergo further training.
• I was identified by Infantry Recruitment Officers from the South African Defense Force Infantry School in Oudtshoorn to complete basic military training and from the 1500 applicants only 100 recruits complete and successfully qualified as Infantry Instructors. Training included presenting and planning of education administration, communication and listening skills, conflict management and the management of difficult recruits, operational planning and execution thereof, platoon weapon instruction and handling, map reading, tactical offense and defense strategies, and navigation, bush craft, survival and camouflage, drill instruction and military law and enforcement thereof. I was well respected and disciplined and after my military service was recruited to then South African Police Service where I applied my scares skills and underwent further training.