The President's Perspective
News & Upcoming Events.........
As we enter the holiday season we often reflect on the challenges and experiences we have lived out during the past year. We assess what we have achieved both personally and professionally in the goals we sought to accomplish. The year 2014 was a great year for the American Police Canine Association. Membership growth continues to be realized as the association continues to expand in new regions throughout the nation. The association gained several new Trainers and Master Trainers and conducted three outstanding training seminars during the year with high attendance by our membership. Thirty-three individual members were also recognized and presented awards for outstanding achievement and service by the association. Eight canine teams who retired during the year 2014 were also placed on the Hall of Honor page in remembrance to their honored service.
During the month of December each of our members will be receiving their 2015 Membership Dues in the mail. Please be sure to submit your dues no later than January 31. 2015. Dues are $50.00 per member. Please make all checks payable to the American Police Canine Association. In addition, you will be receiving election ballots from the A.P.C.A.'s Membership Chairman for our current run-off election for the Executive Board Office of Trustee Position #4. We ask that you please fill out your ballots and mail them with a pre-addressed envelope which is also enclosed. The selected candidate will be posted on this website following the conclusion of the 2015 Spring Executive Board Meeting.
The Association is saddened to announce the recent passing of the former retired Air Force military working dog, K-9 Jjackson as a result of an aging medical condition. Jjackson was the military working dog partner of Sgt. Harvey L. Holt. This team served on the United States Air Force Presidential Security Team while stationed at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland and served in combat operations Iraq. We send our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to Harvey Holt and his family in the loss of K-9 Jjackson.
Plans for the 2015 A.P.C.A. Spring Seminar are now underway for our annual east coast event. This event will be held in Gastonia, North Carolina and will be hosted by the Gaston County Police Department and Kings Mountain Police Department. Dates for the Conference are April 12-16, 2015. Please see the registration information for this seminar which is now posted on this website. This seminar promises to be an outstanding training event and we hope you will mark your calenders early in making plans to attend. See you in the spring in North Carolina!
There have been recent changes of persons serving on the association's Accreditation Board. This past month the former Chairman Robert L. Lewis resigned his position from the board due to ongoing family medical care obligations. Bob has served this association the past five years in a very professional and outstanding capacity. We wish Bob and his family members the best as he leaves this position. As the President I have appointed his replacement in that of Master Trainer Richard P. Ryan who has now assumed the reponsibilities as Accreditation Chairman who also served as one of five members of the board. In addition, I have appointed the remaining accreditation members position to be held by Master Trainer Roger J. Reardon who has accepted this board members position. Congratulations to each of these individuals to their new Accreditation Board positions.
The A.P.C.A. Winter K-9 "Sniff-Off" will be held on March 7, 2015 and hosted by the Crown Point, Indiana Police Department. Registration and Hotel Information will be posted in the near future on this website. We hope to see you there for this exceptional narcotics training event.
2015 Spring Accreditation Board .....For those applicants applying for Master Trainer / Trainers Accreditation, the A.P.C.A. Accreditation Board will convene on Sunday, April 12, 2015 in Gastonia, North Carolina. Please submit two copies of your application package post marked no later than February 12, 2015. Accreditation packets per Accreditation rules must be received no later than sixty (60) days prior to the convening of the Spring and Fall Executive/Accreditation Boards. All application packages should be forwarded by certified registered mail. Please mail one copy to: A.P.C.A. Accreditation Chairman, Master Trainer Richard P. Ryan, 7505 W. Silo Drive, Frankfort, Illinois 60423. A second copy is to be mailed to:A.P.C.A. Secretary, John H. Dunham Jr., 1783 Homeward Avenue, Lima, Ohio 45805.
Plans are underway for the hosting of the 2015 American Police Canine Association National Conference. The City of New Haven, Indiana and the New Haven, Police Department will be our host. Dates of this conference will be September 20-24, 2015. Registration and Hotel information will be posted in the near future on this website.
During the month of November the association gained several new members which we are pleased to welcome. A big A.P.C.A. Welcome Aboard to Wendell Hite, Andrew Duguay, Shane Adams, Victor Zamora, Thomas Miller, Robin Matejewski,
Jonathan Eischen, Samantha Snowberger, Bryan Bodine, Matthew Riley, Scott Stoller, Joseph DeMatteo, Charles Morgan, Joshua Szuba and Elad Bachar. We hope to see you at our upcoming 2015 training seminars!!
As your President, I wish to thank each and every member of this association who made the year 2014 a phenomenal year in meeting and exceeding this years goals and meeting the numerous challenges we faced as an organization. To our membership I wish to say that we are blessed with some of the best canine teams in the nation whose training and certifications are a reflection of your commitment to your departments and your profession as law enforcement canine teams. A special salute and personal thank you also to our Master Trainers and Trainers who assisted at our training events and offered many hours of training and certifications for our member teams. To the Executive Board and Accreditation Board...Thank you for your professionalism and hard work that each of you put forth in assisting me in the decision making processes that were made for the betterment of the association in mind. I owe each of you a debt of gratitude.
In closing from my family to yours, we wish each of you a very blessed Christmas and a joyous & prosperous new year!!! Until we meet again stay safe and god bless.
Mike Johnson, President
American Police Canine Association
The President's Perspective
News & Upcoming Events.........
A Summary of the 2014 National conference........
The American Police Canine Association has just concluded it's National Conference in Vincennes, Indiana. We wish to congratulate the Knox County, Indiana Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Mike Morris, Knox County K-9 Unit and the Vincennes, Indiana community for hosting again an outstanding training conference which was attended by several member states from across the nation.
During the conference the Executive Board and Accreditation Board convened for semi annual business. The Accreditation Board reviewed the current trailing certifications being offered by the American Police Canine Association and voted unanimously to adopt a single certification standard which will be announced to the members in April 2015. Several applicant's for Master Trainer and Trainer Accreditation also appeared before the Board. Master Trainer's accreditation was granted to Roger J. Reardon, Rhode Island State Police in the disciplines of Patrol / Narcotics / Explosive Detection. A.P.C.A. Trainer accreditations were granted to Michael L. Arthur, Martinsville, Indiana Police Department in Tracking K9 Teams. From our eastern seaboard states the following members received trainers accreditation in Patrol / Narcotics Detection Teams; Gaston County, North Carolina Police Department, Billy J. Downey Jr. and Robbie L. Waldrop III; Lennie B. Rivera, Concord, North Carolina Police Department and Michael B. Mitchell, Statesville, North Carolina Police Department.
The conference kicked off on Sunday, September 21st with a welcome cookout to our attending K9 Teams and Instructors. On Monday, September 22, 2014 the association conducted it's annual general membership meeting. Election of Offices were held for 1/3rd of the Executive Board positions. Vice President Denny A. Kunkel, Treasurer Harvey L. Holt and Trustee Position #4 Bryan K. Hicks were re-elected for a three year term. The members nominated two candidates for Trustee Position #2. Election Ballets will be forwarded during the month of October 2014 by the Membership Chairman. Voting Instructions will be outlined in the voting ballet packet which will be mailed to each of our members.
This year's conference included several training venues for problem solving and certification. Tactical training included helicopter and boat insertion training scenarios during the week. Night training incorporating helicopter / K9 deployments with FLIR systems were also conducted. A big A.P.C.A. Thanks to Lake County Sheriff Department Aviation Unit and The Indiana Department of Conservation who did a superb job in assisting us in this training. The association also performed a public K9 Demonstration before several thousand people at Inman Field. The event was praised as a huge success and was covered by several TV News Channels. Also attending the conference this past week from England were John Sandford- Hart and his daughter Emma. Emma whose career aspiration is to become a K9 Officer in England was provided an inside view of a K9 Officer's training in the United States. During the Public Demonstration, John Sandford-Hart, who was a member of the British Army and suffered life changing injuries during Operation Enduring Freedom received a standing ovation from the audience as he was invited to go onto the field and make a few brief comments. One of the main featured highlights of the demonstration was the presentation of former Air force Sgt. Harvey Holt and his retired military K-9 Partner, Jjackson, who were presented a hero's welcome and a standing ovation on the field for their service to our nation. Harvey & K-9 Jjackson served as a Presidential Security Team Member to two United States President's and were involved in combat action in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Harvey and K-9 Jjackson were reunited this past March 2014.
The A.P.C.A. Awards Dinner was held on September 25th, the final evening of the conference with one hundred and thirty persons in attendance. Knox County Sheriff Mike Morris opened the evening's ceremony with a few remarks summarizing the conference from his perspective. He also presented Emma Hart with a Knox County Sheriff campaign hat as a unexpected gift for her return to England. Association President Mike Johnson, Awards Committee Chairman Scott Adam and Accreditation Chairman Bob Lewis presented thirty awards during this year's ceremonies. Top honors were presented to Officer Kevin Garber & K-9 Butch, Hobart, Indiana Police Department for the Uncommon Valor Award in the Line of Duty. Kevin & K9 Butch are only the second recipient team in the association's history to receive this award. The Executive Board presented the Excellence in Service Award to Officer Dave L. Wilkins & K-9 Ace, Crown Point, Indiana Police Department. The Accreditation Board presented Professional Excellence Awards to Master Trainers Richard P. Ryan and Tommy E. Willcox. Executive Board Citation Awards were presented to Knox County Sheriff's Department, Lake County Sheriff's Department Aviation Unit and Mr. Robert C. Klein.
President's awards were presented in three categories. Master Police Officer Lennie B. Rivera & K-9 Storm, Concord, North Carolina Police Department received the 2014 Patrol Dog Team of the Year (United States Large Level Department). Corporal Lloyd J. Eldridge & K-9 Buddy, Crown Point, Indiana Police Department received the 2014 Patrol Dog Team of the Year (United States Small Level Department). Corporal Jamie Renfroe & K-9 Roby, Florence County, South Carolina Sheriff's Office received the 2014 Narcotics Detection Team of the Year (United States Large Level Department). Officer Bill J. Allen & K-9 Shani, Oolitic, Indiana Police Department received the 2014 Narcotics Detection Team of the Year (United States Small Level Department).
The final category presented were the President's Awards for Professional Excellence (Level III Trailing Team). Teams presented this award were Deputy Andrew Beaver & K-9 Sheriff, Morgan County Indiana Sheriff's Department; Officer Blake Long & K-9 Dasko and Officer Mike Arthur & K-9 Molly, Martinsville, Indiana Police Department; Master Police Officer's Lennie Rivera & K-9 Storm, Ricardo Rodriguez & K-9 Rico and Eugene Ramos & K-9 Kilo Concord, North Carolina Police Department; Corporal Shane Keith & K-9 Jerry, Corporal Jamie Renfroe & K-9 Roby, Corporal Tony B. Moore & K-9 Savanna, Investigator Mike Jack & K-9 Scarlett and Sergeant Austin Spell & K-9 Una of the Florence County South Carolina Sheriff's Office; Sergeant Mike Mitchell & K-9 Argo and Officer Brandon Mayberry & K-9 Czar of the Statesville, North Carolina Police Department. Officer Robbie Waldrop III & K-9 Cena, Gaston County North Carolina Police Department. Officer Ryan Bonebrake & K-9 Zeus, Spencer, Indiana Police Department. Captain Andrew Phillips & K-9 Neko, Lawrence County Indiana Police Department, Corporal Michael Stokes & K-9 Edar, Hartsville, South Carolina Police Department. Officer Robert Russell & K-9 Britt and Officer Gary Queen & K-9 Dag, Cornelius, North Carolina Police Department.
The 2014 Nationals was indeed a conference to remember. We had an exceptionally organized staff and the work horses that made it possible were the team of Jarret Ford, Bryan Hicks, Bill Poe and James Wehrman. Thanks again guys for a job well done. We appreciate everything that you have done for us in hosting two top notch conferences!!
The association would like to welcome our newest members. A big A.P.C.A. Welcome to James Yaeger, Milltown, IN P.D.; Brian Bolt & Jonathan Hesler, Chester County, PA S.O.; Brandin Fredericksen, Lynwood, IL P.D; Kevin Freed, Berks County, PA S.D.;
Scott Miceli, St. Louis County, MO PD; Denny White, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Retired; Phillip Kostecka, Chicago Heights, IL P.D.; David Schultz and Christopher Hester, Mooresville, IN P.D.
Our association's next event will be the annual K-9 Sniff-Off. This year's event will be held on March 7, 2015 and hosted by the Crown Point, Indiana Police Department. Registration and Hotel Information will be posted in the near future on this website.
The APCA is currently planning the 2015 American Police Canine Association Spring Seminar. This seminar promises to be an exceptional training event. Registration and Hotel information will be posted in the near future on this website.
In closing, myself, the Executive and Accreditation Boards would like to thank every member of our association who is and has contributed to the success of this growing professional organization. We are only as strong as those who comprise it's body. Your elected officers are here working hard for you to provide the best training association available. We look forward to seeing you at next year's upcoming events.
Mike Johnson, President
American Police Canine Association