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  • Ad ID: 5416

  • Added: April 4, 2019

  • Location: International (Outside of USA)

  • State: Namibia

  • Phone: Namibia – (+264 81 824 1762)

  • Views: 931

  • Date Available: 04-04-19

  • Willing To Relocate: Yes

  • Email:

  • Handler Type: Explosives Detection



FULL NAME: Christopher Michael Owen van der Westhuizen

CITIZENSHIP: South African/Namibian(Domicile 13/4/9-44/2016)

PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 11 Halley Street



MOBILE NUMBER: Namibia – (+264 81 824 1762) Skype: christopher1054az


PREVIOUS EMPLOYERS: South African Police Service (18 years)
RONCO Consulting Corporation (7,1/2 years, Baghdad/Kurdistan) Minetech International (17 months contract ended, Kabul)
VSC Security Solutions Kurdistan Iraq. Mando Security Kurdistan Iraq.

NEW EMPLOYMENT: Immediately.

Jul 1984 National Service in South African Air Force. Based in Namibia at
Eros Airport from Oct 1984 to May 1986

Jul 1986 – Apr 1987 Employed by Barclays Bank, Gobabis SWA, Stellenbosch SA.

Apr 1987 Joined South African Police Service

Dec 1987 – Jan 1989 Charge Office commander; patrol vehicle driver

Jan 1989– Mar 1989 K9 Handler’s course – Cape Town

Mar 1989 – Jan 1991 K9 handler; crime prevention; mobile squad; protection of Parliamentary buildings; protection of Members of Parliament and other VIP’s

Jan 1991 – Mar 2002 K9 Explosives handler; responsible for safety of all VIP’s travelling in designated working area; explosives inspection when necessary on daily and ongoing basis

Mar 2002 – Dec 2005

Dec 1st 2005

Search and Rescue K9 handler SAPS, and all related courses.

Resigned from the South African Police Services with the rank of
Inspector/Warrant Officer after 18yrs.

Dec 2005 – Dec 2009 Worked for RONCO Consulting Corporation as an explosives K9 handler at the US Embassy in Baghdad Iraq, as part of the Embassy Security Force(BESF). In 2008 l qualified as a Explosives K9 trainer/Instructor, giving class to current and new handlers, training handlers, their dogs, doing new and ongoing certifications.

Nov 2010- May 2012 Project Manager, MineTech International K9 services, at Kabul/ Kandahar International Airports. Responsible for all admin, fund requests, logistics, ongoing training of all handlers and their explosives and narcotics K9’s, certifications as needed. Traveled once a month to do inspections on other sites.

Oct 2012- March 2013 Employed by RONCO Consulting Corporation once again, as Project Manager on a Oil/Gas K9 Project at Taq-Taq Oil fields in Kurdistan/Iraq for TTOPCO. The client was GardaWorld, Security Project Manager was Craig Kennedy.

Mar 2013- Sept 2014 Appointed G4S/RONCO K9 Program Manager (Kurdistan Region).
Covered management of all projects, including the training. June
2014: Started up a new contract with VSC/Oryx, at their new tanker loading station in the Dermir Dagh region, client happy with the work done, and the high standards maintained by us, as
a provider

16 September 2014 Contract with G4S/RONCO came to an end as G4S closed it’s doors the K9 and Demining sections.

24 March-15 May 15 Relief Project Manager for MineTech Int in Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Worked two (2) Oil/Gas projects in this area, one at Sarta/Rovi (Chevron), the other at Western Zagros. Both these projects were EDD projects, we were tasked with keeping the facilities safe.

2 Oct-15 -18 Nov 15 Relief K9 Project Manager VSC Security Solutions Kurdistan Iraq, Oil/Gas project at Al Qosh for Oryx, and the Divan International Hotel in Erbil,K9 security. The day to day running of the projects, all related responsibilities that come with.

19 Nov-15-16 Sept 17 Relocated to Namibia at the end of 2015, have kept myself busy with training and using tracker dogs in the combat of crime, assisting in both urban and rural setups, assisting the local anti-poaching
units in their efforts to protect wildlife.

l assist the Namibian Police as a member in their motor vehicle accident unit, keeping myself current with all rescue techniques, as this gives me much joy, being able to assist the public.

17 Sept-17-18 Nov 17 Employed by Mando Security of Kurdistan, to train EDD’s for the Iraq Police Force in Baghdad Iraq.

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE (Police / Special Training / Units, etc)

 K9 Unit: Patrol/Explosives Section. Responsible for daily crime prevention and explosives searches in the designated working area, qualified with K9 to do open area, building, vehicles and luggage searches.

 K9 Unit: Search & Rescue Section (all aspects of rescue, trained rope rescue technician, swift water rescue technician, confined space rescue, structural collapse [SAPS]

 Level III Medical Officer (assist with all medical-related tasks regarding functions, in Search & Rescue Section) [SAPS]

 Ship’s Captain Medical Officer (work with divers of the SAPS, assist and treat them as necessary) [SAPS]
 Fire Marshall (with regard to search and rescue, assist Fire Departments when necessary) [SAPS]

 Fire Arm Training (9mm, R1, R4,R5, M-16, LMG, shotgun)


 Riot & Crowd Control course [SAPS]

 Riot & Crowd Control course with K9 [SAPS]

 Explosives course with K9 [SAPS]

 Identification & Handling of Explosives [SAPS]

 Special Weapons & Techniques course(SWAT) [SAPS]

Search + Rescue Courses:

 Search & Rescue Handlers course with aid of K9 [SAPS]

 Helicopter Hosting & Stretcher Rigging technician’s course [SAAF]

 Rope Rescue technician’s course [WITS Technikon]

 Swift Water Rescue technician’s course [WITS Technikon]

 Structural Collapse technician’s course [WITS Technikon]

 Confined Space Rescue technician’s course [WITS Technikon]

 First Aid Level III course [Red Cross]

Ship’s Captain Medical Officer course (accredited by the South African Maritime Safety

Authority STCW code AV1/4-2) [Red Cross]

 Fire Marshall’s course [Advance Fire & Safety Academy]

K9 Trainers/Instructors Course:
EDD Proficiency Trainers/Instructors Course [ RONCO Consulting Corporation ]

Anti-piracy courses(2012):

Maritime Fire Fighting & Fire Prevention/ Pulse Training Academy Cape Town

PSSR & PST/ Academy of Maritime Medicine Cape Town

Aid First at Sea, level 1-3/ Academy of Maritime Medicine Cape Town

Helicopter Underwater Escape Training(HUET) Cape Peninsula University
Of Technology, Dept of Maritime Studies.

Ship Security Officers Course (SS0) Cape Town School of Shipping.
Best Management Practices 4, Cape Town School of Shipping. Basic Online First Aid Course, 28th November 2018.

What I can offer in the workplace

• From my training in the police force and my management positions in other work environments, I am very disciplined person and as a result am able to set targets and complete them.
• I am a people orientated person.
• I am always willing to learn, and self-development is something that I am continuously working on.
• I am loyal, hard-working and always prepared to go the extra mile to achieve the desired result.
• I believe that I will be an asset to any company and will always strive to make a positive difference wherever I am employed.

References: 1) David Brownell(Former head Trainer RONCO K9) current
K9 manager at SOC LLC Baghdad. Cell: 859 322 0913,
Email:, Skype: vzmwkl

2) Jacobus Groenewald(Former Kennel Master) Mobile:+27 76 265 6850

3) Chris Bleeker(Former Iraq Program Manager- G4S/RONCO K9) Current Project Manager at AMK9 Iraq,
Email:, South Africa,
Mobile: +27 83 294 0577

I declare that, to the best of my knowledge, the abovementioned information is true.