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K-9 Handler Tim Brackeen

K-9 Officer Tim Brackeen was shot on Saturday, September 10, 2016 as he attempted to arrest a wanted suspect for outstanding warrants. After a valiant fight, Officer Brackeen passed away from the injuries he sustained on Monday September 12, 2016.

Tim was a member of the Shelby Police Department where he faithfully served his community for over 12 years. He was honored as “Officer of the Year” in 2012. Tim was active member of Faith Baptist Church where he served as an usher/security team member. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking and many outdoor activities.

Tim leaves behind his wife of 18 years, Mikel Brackeen and his daughter, Daphney Brackeen. Tim also leaves behind his numerous brothers and sisters from the Shelby Police Department and his K-9 Partner, Ciko.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to:
Shelby Police Department K9 Unit
PO Box 207
Shelby, NC 28150

Funeral services for Officer Tim Brackeen will be Friday September 16th, 2016 at Shelby High School’s baseball stadium. The school is located at 230 East Dixon Boulevard, Shelby, NC 28150.

Any K-9 Units East, North, or South of Shelby that would like to participate in the procession to the funeral will meet at 1245 hours at David Baptist Church. The church’s address is 2300 David Church Road in Kings Mountain, NC. The church is just off Highway 74 at the Stoney Point Road Exit.

We will discuss details of our involvement in the funeral and cover any questions anyone has. We will then leave the church at 1300 hours and caravan to Shelby High School for the funeral. Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office will be providing a lead car for the procession to the funeral. Any K9 Units west of Shelby can meet at the baseball stadium at 1330 hours.

Please let Captain Downey (704-747-2464) or K-9 Trainer Robbie Waldrop (704-674-1587) know how many K-9 teams your agency will be sending for planning purposes by 1800 hours this evening.

The suspect, Irving Fenner, was located in Coventry, Rhode Island and peacefully taken into custody by the State Police. He is now facing 1st Degree Murder charges.

The Cleveland County District Attorney plans to seek the death penalty.

May 2016
The President's Perspective

The 2016 A.P.C.A North Carolina Spring Seminar in review...

The 2016 Spring K-9 Seminar was held in Cherokee, North Carolina during the week of April 18-20, 2016. This years hosting agencies were the EBCI-Natural Resources Enforcement Department and the Cherokee, North Carolina Fire Department. Our heartfelt thanks to Sgt. Rick Queen, Captain Ken Maney, Lt. Jeremy Blankenship and Connie Cooper who did a phenomenal job in the planning and coordination of this years training conference! The lodging, meals and training venues provided were exceptional. The training week offered numerous training opportunities both in the field and in the classroom. The association also performed a Public K-9 Demonstration before the Cherokee Tribal Council and a K-9 Memorial Service for our fallen K-9 Sam, a APCA Arson Detection Dog. K-9 Sam was a member of the Cherokee, North Carolina Fire Department who passed away in 2015.

This year's conference was attended by thirty K-9 teams from the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Indiana. The week's training consisted of basic problem solving, classroom instruction and certifications. A big APCA thanks to Mr. Patrick Patten, Tactical Woodland Operations School and APCA Master Trainer Rich Ryan, who presented classroom instruction to our attending teams during the week.

Award Dog Training K-9 Training Family with K-9 Family with K-9 and Ball Kids with K-9

The APCA Accreditation Board also convened for accreditation business and Master Trainer / Trainer Applicant Interviews. The Accreditation Board approved Kevin J. Osuch, Matthews Police Department, NC a Master Trainer Accreditation in Tracking Teams. The Board also approved Matthew R. Harris, Gaston County Police Department, NC and Christopher L. Graham, Kings Mountain Police Department, NC a Trainers Accreditation in Patrol / Narcotics Detection Teams. Congratulations to each of these individuals and welcome to the APCA Instruction Team. We look forward to working with you at future association training events.

The Accreditation Board approved new certification rules pertaining to the Aggression Control Certification. Beginning January 1, 2017: All Aggression Control Certifications shall utilize only the body suit or the hidden sleeve as authorized bite equipment in the certification. The certifying Master Trainer's discretion will dictate the type of approved equipment to be used in the certification. Exposed bite sleeves will not be allowed to be utilized in the certification beginning on this date. A second approved change that will take effect at the 2016 National Conference: All applicants will obtain a critique sheet and have them completed by a Master Trainer they are assigned to. It will be the trainees responsibility to maintain and submit the critique sheets in their respective applicant packets to the Accreditation Board in which they will appear for future applicant interviews. In addition, all applicants will be mandated to attend one lecture class per year and have the critique sheet completed by the instructor.

The association is now gearing up for the 2016 APCA National Conference in Bedford, Indiana. The conference will be hosted during the week of September 25-29, 2016. Each member should have received a registration letter and registration form which was mailed to each of our members. We urge each of you to book your room reservations immediately as the hotel has been booked todate at 75% capacity. Room accommodations at the Four winds Lakeside Inn and Marina, the primary hotel, are limited to 104 rooms. Teams not securing these rooms will be required to commute or seek alternative hotels that are located 20 minutes from the Primary hotel. So book your rooms now!! This year's conference promises to be a first rate event that will offer numerous nationally renown guest speakers, exceptional training venues, great lodging, great food and networking opportunities. We plan to see you there!

Sincerest Regards,


Mike Johnson, President
American Police Canine Association

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Upcoming Events

2017 APCA Spring Seminar
April 24-26, 2017
Concord, NC
Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office
Registration Form
Registration & Hotel Info

2017 APCA "Sniff-Off"
March 4, 2017
Vincennes, Indiana
Vincennes Police Department

2016 APCA National Conference
September 25-29, 2016
Bedford, IN
Bedford Police Department
Lawrence County Police Department
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