Derreck Bachner started his career in law enforcement when he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1997. In 2001, Derreck attended the Department of Defense Military Working Dog (MWD) Handler Course located at Lackland AFB, Texas. Shortly after completing his training at Lackland, Derreck was partnered with his first patrol/detector dog and deployed to the Middle East within months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In 2004, Derreck again deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he and his canine partner conducted countless hours of explosive detection sweeps, roadside check points, observation patrols, area searches, and crowd control.
When stateside, Derreck enjoyed numerous Temporary Duty Assignments (TDYs) while being temporarily assigned to the United States Secret Service (USSS). While TDY to the USSS, Derreck conducted numerous explosive detection sweeps with his Explosive Detector Dog (EDD) for the President of the United States, Vice-President, and First Lady. These sweeps took place in cities such as New York, Miami, Charlotte, and Tampa. On several other occasions, Derreck also assisted NASA with explosive detection sweeps prior to scheduled space shuttle launches.
During his tenure as a Military Working Dog (MWD) Handler, Derreck received numerous medals, citations, and awards. Today, Derreck is employed with the Melbourne Police Department (FL) and is currently assigned as a K-9 handler and as his department’s K-9 Unit Trainer. Derreck is a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) certified general instructor, FDLE K-9 Team Instructor, and he is a High Liability Instructor for his agency. On a regular basis, Derreck coordinates and leads training for several federal, state, and local law enforcement K-9 teams in his area. He has also instructed at various police K-9 training seminars across the United States and has written magazine articles concerning police K-9 usage and deployments. Derreck is currently a member of the Florida Law Enforcement Canine Association and the American Legion.