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April, 2014
The President's Perspective

News & Upcoming Events.........

K-9 Officer & K-9 Killed in the Line of Duty........

Burke County, North Carolina - We respectfully salute and remember one of our law enforcement professions own that tragically lost their lives in the line of duty on March 13, 2014 while tracking a double murder suspect. United States Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp and his K-9 Maros assigned to the Pisgah National Forest near Ashville, North Carolina were ambushed and killed by the armed suspect.. The suspect was later located and killed in a gun battle by law enforcement. The American Police Canine Association extends it heartfelt sympathies and prayers to Officer Crisps wife, children and his department in Jason & K-9 Maros passing.

The A.P.C.A. extends it's sincerest appreciation and gratitude to all members of the Mooresville, North Carolina Police Department and it's outstanding K-9 Unit in hosting the 2014 A.P.C.A. North Carolina Spring Seminar. This year's event was held the week of April 14-17 in Mooresville, North Carolina. The association especially wishes to thank this year's event coordinator Tyson Rogers for planning and organizing an exceptional seminar. Tyson was unfortunately involved in a serious personal injury accident in his K-9 vehicle on the first day of the seminar and is currently undergoing many surgeries which resulted from the accident. Tyson you are in our thoughts and prayers as we wish you a full and speedy recovery.

This year's conference was attended by many members from the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Teams participated in several training areas in problem solving and certifications. Guest speakers at this years conference were Brad Smith with a Skidds/Cats presentation and Attorney at Law John M. Peters who provided a legal class around fourth amendment search & seizure. A big A.P.C.A. thanks to Master Trainers Denny Kunkel, Pat Merritt, Charles Kirchner, Simon Gresser, Doug Ayres, Scott Adam, Richard Ryan and Tommy Wilcox for instructing and certifying our attending teams.

As always, A.P.C.A. Photographer Joyce Dunham did a superb job in capturing this year's seminar through her camera lense including being hoisted on a fire engine ladder truck to photograph this year's group photo at the Dale Ernhart Corporation Headquarters in Mooresville. We wish to take this opportunity to thank our spring seminars lodging host, the Hampton Inn & Suites managers Denise Cook and Cathy Carpenter who rolled out the red carpet for our group. The accommodations, meeting rooms and meals were exceptional and the staff went out of their way in making our stay a comfortable one.

The Executive and Accreditation Boards convened for association business on Sunday, April 13 at the Hampton Inn. In the Executive Board Session, Attorney John M. Peters in reviewing the A.P.C.A. Bylaws suggested revisions concerning the bylaws grievance process, which will be brought before the general membership meeting on September 22, 2014. The Executive Board voted unanimously to adopt a registration fee refund policy which stipulates there shall be no registration fees refunded within 90 days of any sanctioned APCA event, unless reviewed and approved by a majority vote of the Executive Board. The Accreditation Board held oral interviews for Master Trainer/Trainer applicants with no approvals granted at this session. In addition the board moved to revoke one Master Trainer's and one Trainer's accreditation status in not meeting accreditation requirements as outlined. The Accreditation Board reviewed and approved new certification standards for the discipline of Accelerant Detection Teams. The board also ranted accelerant detection accreditations to Master Trainers Charles Kirchner and Mike Johnson.

Several teams received certifications during the seminar. One milestone highlight was that of Indiana State Fire Marshall & Chief Investigator Ken VanSlyke & K-9 Madison, Madison Township Fire Department, Camby, Indiana who became the first accelerant detection team of the American Police Canine Association to be certified in this discipline. The Level III Group also gained seven new teams who certified as Level III Trailing Teams. Congratulations to Brandon Mayberry & K-9 Czar - Statesville, NC Police Department, Michael Mitchell & K-9 Argo - Statesville, NC Police Department, Rob Russell & K-9 Britt - Cornelius, NC Police Department, Gary Queen & K-9 Dag - Cornelius, NC Police Department, Eugene Ramos & K-9 Kilo - Concord, NC Police Department, Ricardo Rodriguez & K-9 Rico - Concord, NC Police Department and Robbie Waldrop & K-9 Cena - Gaston County, NC Police Department.

All members should now have their focus on the upcoming 2014 A.P.C.A. National Conference which is scheduled for September 22-26, 2014. The Knox County, Indiana Sheriff's Department will be this year's conference host that will be held in Vincennes, Indiana. This conference promises to be an exceptional training event with top caliber instructors, speakers, tactical training, problem solving and certifications.. Event and registration information will be available online May 1st.

2014 Fall Accreditation Board .....For those applicants applying for Master Trainer / Trainers Accreditation, the A.P.C.A. Accreditation Board will convene on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 2:00pm at the Holiday Inn Express, Vincennes, Indiana. Please submit two copies of your application package post marked no later than July 20, 2014. 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 Robert A. Lewis, 2772 S. 350 W., Laporte, Indiana 46350. A second copy should be mailed to: A.P.C.A. Secretary, John H. Dunham Jr., 1783 Homeward Avenue, Lima, Ohio 45805.

The 2014 A.P.C.A. National Awards Dinner will be held on September 25, 2014 in Vincennes, Indiana. This public occasion is to recognize and honor those member recipients that have been nominated by their peers and selected by the A.P.C.A. Awards Committee or by Presidential Merit. Awards are presented in six individual categories. Those members desiring to nominate a regular association member should review the awards criteria on this website and submit letters of nomination to the A.P.C.A. Awards Chairman postmarked no later than July 20, 2014. Letters of nomination are to be forwarded to: A.P.C.A. Awards Chairman, Master Trainer Scott R. Adam, 3308 Cedar Valley Drive, New Haven, Indiana 46774.

Please mark your calenders to attend the A.P.C.A. General Membership Meeting to be held Monday, September 22, 2014 at 8:00am at the Holiday Inn Express, Vincennes, Indiana. This meeting will conduct the annual association's business and the election of offices for those offices whose terms expire in September 2014. Association offices open for this year's election are Vice President, Treasurer, Trustee #2 and Trustee #4. We hope to see you this fall at the A.P.C.A. National Conference!

Until our next update, stay safe and keep training those dogs!


Sincerest Regards,

Mike Johnson, President
American Police Canine Association


March, 2014
The President's Perspective

K-9 Jjackson makes final journey home to live with his partner, Harvey Holt........

After seven year's of separation as a former working military dog team, Harvey L. Holt and his military K-9 Jjackson have been permanently reunited. Harvey's dream of K-9 Jjackson living with him in Greene County, Indiana became a reality in late February when he received notification from the United States Air Force of K-9 Jjackson's retirement from service. A quickly scheduled flight to Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland was arranged at which time these two Iraq combat veterans were happily re-united and returned to Indiana. Harvey & K-9 Jjackson, U.S.A.F. Retired, served together from 2003-2007 in which their military assignments included being selected by the U.S. Air Force to the Presidential Security Team and a deployment mission to Iraq. While on assignment to Andrews Air Force Base, their duties as an explosive detection/patrol team were to provide security to Air Force One (The President's Aircraft) and base security areas in which the President and other government officials & dignitaries moved on a daily basis. Harvey also provided presidential security for Marine 1 (The president's helicopter) and details at Camp David, the President's retreat. In addition he was selected for special security details at the United Nations General Assembly #60 in New York City by the U.S. Secret Service.

In 2007, Harvey & K-9 Jjackson were deployed to Baqubah, Iraq where the team, was attached to United States Army Combat Units, serving in forward operating areas. Harvey & Jjackson located snipers and several weapon's cache's and improvised explosive devices (IED's). The team encountered many weapons fire engagements with Iraqi forces and saved the lives of many U.S. Military personnel. In recognition of their service, Sergeant Harvey Holt and K-9 Jjackson were awarded the U.S. Air Force Combat Action Badge and the U.S. Army Commendation Medal. Sergeant Holt's & K-9 Jjackson's mission photo is currently on display in the U.S. Air Force Museum's tribute to the Iraq/Afghanistan war at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

Upon receiving news of Jjackson's homecoming, Harvey has received thousands of emails in support from the Southern Indiana Community and across the nation. Harvey has received todate $2,000.00 for building a kennel in which to house Jjackson and care for his medical and food expenses. Harvey received word prior to taking custody of Jjackson from the military that Jjackson will possibly have to undergo a leg amputation on his rear leg. Harvey is very appreciative of the financial donations which he has received to date. They include a donation by the Cook Corporation which paid for Harvey's air transportation from Indianapolis to Washinton D.C. and rental car transportation for Jjackson's return trip to Indiana. Harvey said that during his mission in Iraq that he promised Jjackson That if he got me out safe, I'd do everything in my power to get him home. He saved so many lives, now it's time for us to save his. Jjackson and Harvey both kept their promise to one another. And now....K9 Jjackson is at last spending happily out his last days with his partner Harvey on his small Southern Indiana farm. The American Police Canine Association salutes you!!!! We wish K-9 Jjackson a wonderful and happy retirement. Donations can be made at any branch of Bloomfield State Bank. Harvey Holt be contacted via email at jjacksonh202@yahoo.com or via messaging through Jjackson A Hero's Homecoming on Facebook.

A big thanks to the Nashville, Indiana Police Department for the hosting of the Tenth annual American Police Canine Association Winter-K9 Sniff-Off. This year's narcotics detection trials was another exceptional event in which many A.P.C.A. member K9 teams competed for this year's top honors. The Sniff-Off kicked off on Saturday, March 1st with a breakfast buffet and a rules briefing. Teams were then off and running competing throughout the day in vehicle, building and cannister phases. This year's vehicle phase presented a challenging venue for all teams which was a time killer for many units. Benni's restaurant served a great lunch buffet which teams enjoyed while the times were calculated. This year's Champion Team was presented to Corporal William Granzow Jr. & K-9 Leon, Hobart, Indiana Police Department with a winning competition search time of 5 minutes and 8181 seconds and 0 Points. The Second Place Runner-Up Team went to Sergeant Greg Dietsch & K-9 Drago, Washington, Indiana Police Department with a competition search time of 7 minutes and 6218 seconds and 1 penalty point. The Third Place Semi-Finalist Team was presented to Captain Jeremy Bridges & K-9 Ciro, Bedford, Indiana Police Department with a competition search time of 8 minutes and 1334 seconds and 2 points. Special thanks to this years judging team Denny Kunkel, Bob Lewis, Scott Adam, Shawn Mayer, Harvey Holt and Jesse Crane who did a great job conducting this event. Lastly and most important, a big association thanks and hats off to this year's Sniff-Off Coordinator, Officer Tim True, Nashville Police Department who did a phenomenal job securing this year's lodging, restaurant and training venues. Thank You Tim & K-9 Biker!!!!!

Upcoming Website Changes for 2014......In the next few weeks a redesigned association website with new and improved information features for our membership will be up and running. The association is financially investing in updating our website with more user friendly capabilities and increased access to electronic information pertaining to training articles, upcoming event on line registration capabilities, easier event photo viewing, legal information, easier news case access postings and much more............The A.P.C.A. continues to be a progressive national canine association and strives to offer the best in training seminars and educational & informational resources for its membership.

2014 A.P.C.A. Membership Dues...... For those members who have forgot to send in their 2014 membership dues, please be sure to get them in the mail as soon as possible. Please make all checks payable to: A.P.C.A. In the amount of $50.00. Forward to: A.P.C.A., P.O. Box 382, Bedford, Indiana 47421.

2014 Spring Accreditation Board .....For those applicants applying for Master Trainer/Trainers Accreditation, the A.P.C.A. Accreditation Board will convene on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Hampton Inn, 119 Gallery Center Drive, Mooresville, North Carolina. The A.P.C.A. Executive Board will convene the 2014 Spring Executive Meeting immediately following at 8:00pm.

Upcoming Events......The North Carolina 2014 American Police Canine Association Spring Seminar April 14-17, 2014 is just a few weeks away. Final preparations in the planning of this annual seminar are done and ready to go. This seminar promises to be an exceptional training week. The event will feature special speakers Brad Smith with a Skidds/Cats presentation and A.P.C.A. Legal Advisor, Attorney John M. Peters who will present a lecture class on Fourth Amendment Use of Force Issues. Training will encompass training/problem solving in all areas of patrol, narcotics, explosives and cadaver detection. American Police Canine Certifications will also be available during the event. This year's hosting agency is the Mooresville, North Carolina Police Department. Early registrations have already been coming in. A large attendance of K9 Teams is expected for this years seminar so please be sure to get your registrations in as soon as possible. Event information, registration forms and contact information can be found on the Upcoming Events of this website. For those inquiring about this seminar, you may contact seminar coordinator, Tyson Rogers at 704-664-3311 or email at trogers@ci.mooresville.nc.us

We look forward to seeing you in Mooresville, North Carolina!!!

Until our next update, stay safe and keep training those dogs!


Sincerest Regards,

Mike Johnson, President
American Police Canine Association





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