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April, 2015
The President's Perspective

Latest association news.........

The Association just recently concluded the 2015 North Carolina Spring Seminar which was hosted by the Gaston County Police Department. We wish to express our sincerest appreciation to the Gaston County Police Department and Kings Mountain North Carolina Police Department. Hats off to Gaston County K9 Officers: Sgt. Billy Downey, Robbie Waldrop, Adam Davis, Anderson Holder, Matthew Harris and Jason Isenhour and to Kings Mountain K9 Ofc Chris Graham, on a job well done.

This year’s seminar was held the week of April 13-16, which included K9 training, certifications and real world scenario based training. Large volume narcotics and boat deployments were also offered during the seminar. Specialized classroom instruction was conducted by Master Trainer Richard Ryan covering K9 Genetics, Environments and Drives and an Introduction to Basic Decoy Skills.

During the seminar, the association held an election for the Director #2 office, congratulations are in order to Russ K. Day, Daviess County, Kentucky Sheriff's Department. In addition, the Accreditation Board also approved Todd M. Bradshaw, Pineville Police Department, North Carolina for Trainers Accreditation in Patrol/Narcotics disciplines. Congratulations to each of these gentlemen, we look forward to working with each of you in your respective positions.

Man, Dog on Boat Man, Dog on Boat

The APCA Accreditation Board met for semi-annual business in which several accreditation issues were discussed. The Board after several meetings in unanimous approval adopted a new single tracking standard that is posted on this website, in addition each Trainer and Master Trainer has been emailed the new standards for their respective accreditations.

On a sad note the Association expresses its deepest condolences and sympathies to Russ K. Day on the passing of his former K9 partner, Abby. Abby was recognized throughout the Association as the giant Schnauzer who was a phenomenal narcotics detector dog. Abby passed on 4/13/2015 and has been placed on the APCA Hall of Honor Page.

Our sights are now set on the upcoming 2015 APCA National Conference in New Haven, IN. Conference dates are set for 09/20-24/2015, to be hosted by the New Haven, IN, Police Department. Registration information is posted online for this event as well as the itinerary information for the workshop. Please be sure to make your reservations early as this conference will draw a significant attendance. The conference will offer problem solving, certifications and real world based scenario training to include helicopter and water insertion deployments. This year’s keynote speaker is nationally renowned Sheriff David Clarke of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin County Sheriff’s Department.

For officers wishing to nominate their fellow peers for this year’s APCA Awards dinner, please refer to the Awards section of this website, for criteria. Nominations should be sent to Awards Chairman Master Trainer Scott Adam, 3308 Cedar Valley Dr., New Haven, IN 46774. Awards must be received by Tuesday 7/29/2015 for consideration.

In addition for those candidates being considered for the APCA President Awards in narcotics and patrol categories, the review process ends 9/1/2015. All patrol and narcotics case activity should be forwarded to the president by 9/15/2015. Send summaries of activities to APCA Attn: President Awards POB 382 Bedford, IN 47421.

For those applicants wishing to apply for Trainer or Master Trainer Accreditation, application packets must be emailed or post marked 90 days before the Accreditation board meets, 6/29/2015. The Accreditation Board will convene for interviews and testing at 2:00 pm on Sunday, 9/20/2015 at the Holiday Inn Express in Ft. Wayne, IN.

We hope to see you at this year’s national conference, which promises to be an exceptional training conference. Until then stay safe and keep training those dogs.


Sincerest Regards,

Mike Johnson, President
American Police Canine Association


March, 2015
The President's Perspective

Latest association news.........

The A.P.C.A. 2015 K-9 “Sniff-Off" completed it eleventh annual running this past month in Crown Point, Indiana. We wish to thank our host, the Crown Point Police Department, and its K-9 Unit members of Jeff Eldridge, Stanko Gligic and Dave Wilkins, for putting on an outstanding and well organized training event. The hotel accommodations, meals and training locations were exceptionally prepared for our attending members. Several K-9 teams from Indiana and Illinois attended this year's narcotics detection trials, in which times were very close in separating the competition standings.

Download 2015 Sniff Off Times Crown Point Police Department K-9 Unit Sniff Off Sniff Off 2 Sniff Off 3

The top three winning teams for this years event were as follows; “Sniff-Off Champion Team" went to Bob Klein & K-9 Harley, Knox County, Indiana Sheriff's Department with a competition time of 3.1460 minutes and 0 penalty points. Second place, the runner-up award went to Kevin Garber & K-9 Butch, Hobart, Indiana Police Department with a competition time of 3.5753 minutes and 0 penalty points. Third place, the semi-finalist award went to Jeff Eldridge & K-9 Buddy, Crown Point, Indiana Police Department with a competition search time of 4.4571 minutes and 1 penalty point. Congratulations to each of these teams on a job well done in this year's narcotics detection trials!

Bob Klein Kevin Garber Jeff Eldridge

A special thanks to A.P.C.A Vice President Denny Kunkel, A.P.C.A. Secretary Shawn Mayer and A.P.C.A. Awards Chairman Scott Adam on assisting as this year's judges. Plans are underway for next year's event which will return to Crown Point for the 2016 A.P.C.A. “Sniff-Off” which will be held on March 5, 2016. We hope to see you there for a great weekend of training and fellowship.

Please remember two of our association's members and Master Trainers who have undergone some recent back issues, surgeries and treatments. Keep in your prayers and thoughts Charles R. Kirchner and Richard P. Ryan. We wish each of you a speedy recovery!! Look forward to seeing you back in action soon.

There have been some new changes to the association's Executive Board during the month of March. A.P.C.A. President Mike Johnson appointed two interim members to the board to replace the Secretary's position and one Director's position with approval by a majority of the Executive Board. The new appointed office holders will serve until the term's expiration and election of offices. Shawn S. Mayer, Scott County, Indiana Sheriff's Department will fulfill the remaining term as Secretary of John H. Dunham Jr., Lima, Ohio Police Department. Lennie B. Rivera, Concord, North Carolina Police Department will fulfill the remaining term as Director #4 of Bryan K. Hicks, Knox County, Indiana Sheriff's Department. These offices were filled upon the President being notified that John Dunham and Bryan Hicks had decided to resign their offices from the Executive Board of Directors. We wish to thank both John and Brian for their year's of service to the board and the association.

The 2015 A.P.C.A. Spring Seminar is less than one month away. This seminar 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. If you are planning to attend please be sure to reserve your lodging accommodations and submit your registration forms as soon as possible. We are looking forward to this year's spring conference and we hope to see you there!!!

The 2015 A.P.C.A. National Conference plans are coming together for this year's huge event. The New Haven, Indiana Police Department has been working diligently since September 2014 in preparing for this conference. This year's conference dates are September 20-24, 2015. This conference promises to be an unprecedented conference and will be one for the record books. Conference itinerary will be posted online in the month of April. Please mark your calendars early and start the wheels in motion to attend this conference.

The association wishes to welcome our newest members! A BIG A.P.C.A.WELCOME to Bob Klein, Jesse Crane, Miquel Witt, Kimberly Kipp, James Sherrard, Glen Taylor, Coy Wilson, Kenneth Bowen, Thomas Harris, Charles Hughes, Scohic Plumb, Lucas Johnson, Joan Rizkallah, Michael Doher, David Frazier, Michael Carifio, Robert Burnette, Hershal Neal, Kyle Addison, Timothy Grooms, James Watson, Charles Foote, Edward Jones, David Warlick, Mark Tiller, Sean Pasley, Jay Rainville, Kevin William, Luke Tambrini, Issac Moore, Todd Eckert, Carey Martin, Joseph Stratton, Kody Waggoner, Michael Caswell and Joshua Burke.

Until our next update, stay safe out there and keep trainin' those dogs!


Sincerest Regards,

Mike Johnson, President
American Police Canine Association





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