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March, 2015
The President's Perspective

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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

January, 2015
The President's Perspective

Positive Changes in Progress.........

For the past three months the association has been involved in completing a lengthy paperwork process in order to restructure the association under a new tax status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The association has hired a New Mexico Law Firm to assist in this change from a 501(C)4 Non for profit Association to a 501(C)3. The process has been involved, costly and time consuming, but necessary for the financial fund raising requirements in which the association is reliant corporate donations and sponsorships as part of it's annual operating revenues.

This organizational restructuring effort has been under the direction of one of our association members, Shawn S. Mayer, Scott County, Indiana Sheriff's Department. Upon my request, I asked for Shawn's assistance and expertise in this area in making this transition happen for our association. Shawn has years of experience in financial management in the corporate sector in which he managed a multi-million dollar family owned firm. Shawn enthusiastically accepted this challenging task and has met each deadline and overcome numerous obstacles which he has encountered. This process will soon be completed and provide the association additional tax opportunities in conducting the association's business. On a personal note I wish to extend my sincerest appreciation to Shawn for his monumental assistance in making this process a reality for the betterment of the American Police Canine Association. Our many, many thanks Shawn!

As evidenced by several news releases which the association has received from the membership, our teams have been increasingly involved in the detection and recovery of large volumes of illicit narcotics and money forfeitures. Two teams I wish to acknowledge in their respective outstanding cases are those of Sgt. Billy P. Downey & K-9 Indio, Gaston County Police Department, North Carolina and Deputy Shawn S. Mayer & K-9 Arina, Scott County Sheriff's Department, Indiana. On December 9, 2014 Sgt. Downey and K-9 Indio seized approximately 350 lbs of Mexican marijuana with a street value of $1.6 million dollars. This seizure is the largest weight volume and street dollar amount documented to date by members of the American Police Canine Association. During the past three months of 2014, Deputy Shawn S. Mayer & K-9 Arina conducted fifty-nine highway drug interdiction traffic stops which resulted in 27 individuals arrested, U.S. Currency seized being $58,189.63, Drug street value seized $6,243.00, recovery of two handguns and two vehicles seized for money seizure. Great job to each of these teams and keep up the great work!

Just a reminder for our association's Master Trainers and Trainer's; Please be sure to submit your 2014 annual resume update to Association Secretary, John H. Dunham Jr. Resumes may be emailed or mailed via U.S. Mail. All resumes must be received via email or postmarked via mail no later than January 31, 2015.

Also to our membership, please be sure to get your 2015 Membership Dues in also by January 31st. Each of you should have received your dues renewal last month by the association's Membership Chairman. If you did not receive you dues notice or you have moved to a new address, please go the the Executive Board Page and contact the membership chairman via his email address to have your dues notice forwarded to you. Association dues are $50.00 per member. Please make checks or money orders payable to: American Police Canine Association.

The 2015 A.P.C.A. Spring 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. Please see the registration information for this seminar which is now posted on this website. This seminar promises to be an outstanding training event. Annual certifications will also be conducted during the seminar. Please mark your calenders and we look forward to seeing each of you in North Carolina!

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.

The eleventh annual K-9 Sniff-Off will be hosted by the Crown Point Police Department in Crown Point Indiana on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Please be sure to get your registrations in no later that February 19th if you are planning to attend. Event information and registration forms can be accessed from this website under the Events Section. The event will feature great teams, great food, shirts and a good time to socialize with our fellow members.

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.

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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Upcoming Events

2016 APCA Sniff-Off
March 5, 2016
Crown Point, IN
Crown Point Police Dept.

2015 APCA Spring Seminar
April 12-16, 2015
Gastonia, NC
Gaston County Police Dept.
Kings Mountain Police Dept.
Registration Letter
Registration Form

2015 APCA National Conference
September 20-24, 2015
New Haven, IN
New Haven Police Dept.


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