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