Join Ryan and K9 Star at the US War Dog Association fundraiser hosted by the Cheyenne Dog Food Company on November 16th from noon to 5pm. Wash your dog and help military working dogs around the globe! For more information click here.
Decorated police officer Ryan Millbern has spent over a decade in the service of law enforcement and public safety. At the Vail (CO) Police Department Ryan served as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Sergeant, and K9 Officer.
As a security contractor for the U.S. Department of State, Ryan Millbern performed a critical role on a United States Embassy Security Force in the Middle East.
Currently, Ryan serves as a proud member of the Cheyenne (WY) Police Department in the Patrol Bureau under Chief of Police Brian Kozak.
While the head of the Vail Police Department's Ursine Management Program, Officer Millbern received the Bronze Medal of Meritorious Service and a nomination for the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Crimes Enforcement & Education for dedicated service in public education to reduce the interactions between bears and the Vail community. Officer Millbern led a department wide effort to write and enforce the town of Vail's 2006 Wildlife Protection Ordinances which resulted in the reduction of bear encounters with citizens by over half. Additionally, in his role as Detective, Millbern created a Fugitive Recovery effort which successfully located over a dozen of Vail's and Eagle County's Most Wanted fugitives both nationally and internationally.
As a security contractor for the U.S. Department of State, Ryan performed a critical role on a United States Embassy Security Force in the Middle East by providing K9 protection and Explosive Ordinance Detection for the U.S. Embassy grounds, diplomatic motorcades, U.S. Department of State housing, and classified materials. He, along with his K9, provided safety and security in a high threat environment for diplomats, foreign dignitaries, local national citizens and military personnel. His overseas service has provided him invaluable specialized experience in law enforcement, security, K9 operations and executive protection.
In 2011 Ryan Millbern graduated from the O’Gara Group WPS Non-PSS school in Montross, Virginia, the Southern Coast K9/AMK9 Joint Explosive Detection Dog Academy in Daytona Beach, Florida and the U.S. Department of Defense K9 Apprehension-Patrol course at Hill Country Dog Center in Pipe Creek, Texas. Additionally, Ryan received specialized training in K9 Explosive Detection and Deployment at the King Abdulllah II Special Operations Training Center (KASOTC) in Amman, Jordan. KASOTC is a premier international counter-terrorism training facility integrated with the Jordanian Armed Forces specializing in the latest counter-terrorism, special operations and law enforcement tactics.
Ryan holds an active U.S. Department of State Secret Security Clearance, K9 certifications from the U.S. Department of Justice-BATF, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of State, Colorado Police Canine Association, North American Police Work Dog Association, United States Police Canine Association, Southern Coast K9, Highland Canine, and Hill Country Dog Center. He also holds numerous police certifications with over 1,700 hours of specialized training in law enforcement fields including K9, criminal investigations, patrol, firearms, supervision, and counter-terrorism.
Ryan is currently a proud member of the Cheyenne (WY) Police Department, the lead K9 Technical Advisor to the Western Region Chapter of the United States War Dog Association, and conducts K9 Unit Evaluations and Consultations for small and rural law enforcement agencies. For more information on K9 Unit Evaluations please contact Ryan here.