The President's Perspective
U.S Supreme Court decision impacting K-9 sniffs during routine traffic stops.........
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision on April 21, 2015 in the case of Rodriquez v. Unites States, U.S. Supreme Court, No.13-9972. This decision now places a new limit on when police can use drug-sniffing dogs, ruling the dogs cannot be employed after a routine traffic stop has been completed if there is no reasonable suspicion about the presence of drugs in the vehicle. Association legal advisor, Attorney John M. Peters, has provided a legal excerpt concerning this case. Please see the attached link for additional information. We ask each of our membership to review this recent case and be familiar with the issues involved so as to be in compliance with the Supreme Court's latest decision as it pertains to new requirements by law enforcement during the course of routine traffic stop contacts.
The association's membership is highly involved each month in the detection and apprehension of felony drug trafficking offenders. Hundreds of Kilo's of illicit narcotics and thousands in U.S. Currency are intercepted and seized by our K-9 units during official drug investigations throughout the United States. The month of April 2015 was no exception. The association wishes to recognize and congratulate the following Officers and K-9's on these recently submited drug seizure investigations. Officer Christopher Hester & K-9 Sledge, Mooresville, Indiana Police Department seized approximately $19,600.00 cash and controlled schedules substances on two traffic stops between April 19-22, 2015. Officer Todd Bradshaw & K-9 Rafa, Pineville, North Carolina Police Department seized $90,000.00 cash and 3.5 kilos of heroin, 1.4 kilos of cocaine (total street value $270,000) on April 29, 2015. Kody Waggoner & K-9 Sara, Vincennes, Indiana Police Department seized $4,325.00 cash and methamphetamine on traffic stop conducted on April 28, 2015.
The association wishes to recognize nine A.P.C.A. K-9 Teams who recently completed an extensive K-9 patrol school and received their certifications. Congratulations to Christopher Hester & K-9 Sledge and David Shultz & K-9 Si, Mooresville, Indiana Police Department; Bill E. Poe & K-9 Echo, Knox County, Indiana Sheriff's Department; Timothy N. True & K-9 Biker, Nashville, Indiana Police Department; Jesse Crane & K-9 Maximus, Bedford, Indiana Police Department; Michael Caswell & K-9 Gary and Kody Waggoner & K-9 Sara, Vincennes, Indiana Police Department; Andrew Phillips & K-9 Neko and Michael Wheelock, Lawrence County, Indiana Police Department.
Left to Right: Bill Poe & K-9 Echo, Andrew Phillips & K-9 Neko, Jesse Crane & K-9 Maximus, Michael Caswell & K-9 Gary, Kody Waggoner & K-9 Sara, Michael Wheelock & K-9 Suri
The National Conference is fast approaching, please be sure to make your reservations early. This years event is set for September 20-24, 2015 and hosted by the New Haven, Indiana Police Department. Event and lodging information can be found on this website under the Upcoming Events Section. This is a conference you definitely don't want to miss!
For those persons interested in applying for Master Trainers and Trainers Accreditation, please be sure to submit your post marked application packages no later than 06/29/2015. The Accreditation Board will convene at the Holiday Inn Express, Fort Wayne, Indiana on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 2:00pm for written testing and oral interviews. Submit one package to Accreditation Chairman Richard Ryan, 7505 W. Silo Drive, Frankfort, Illinois 60423. A second copy is to be forwarded to A.P.C.A. Secretary, Shawn S. Mayer, 252 W. Harrod Road, Austin, Indiana 47102.
Those members wishing to submit letters of nomination for their fellow members for this year's national awards should forward all correspondence no later than 07/29/15. Awards criteria can be found under the Awards Section of this website. Please forward nominations to: Awards Chairman, Master Trainer Scott Adam, 3308 Cedar Valley Drive, New Haven, Indiana 46774.
For those members wishing to be considered for the A.P.C.A. President's Awards, the review process concludes 09/01/15. All case activity information must be postmarked no later than 09/15/2015 to be eligible for consideration. Send summaries of activities to: A.P.C.A., Attn: President's Awards, P.O. Box 382, Bedford, Indiana 47421.
Welcome aboard to Wesley Carlise, Joshua Russell and Jonathan Smith, our newest members for the month of April. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.
Until our next update, stay safe out there and keep trainin' those dogs!
Mike Johnson, President
American Police Canine Association
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.
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.
Mike Johnson, President
American Police Canine Association