The President's Perspective
News & Upcoming Events.........
As we enter the holiday season we often reflect on the challenges and experiences we have lived out during the past year. We assess what we have achieved both personally and professionally in the goals we sought to accomplish. The year 2014 was a great year for the American Police Canine Association. Membership growth continues to be realized as the association continues to expand in new regions throughout the nation. The association gained several new Trainers and Master Trainers and conducted three outstanding training seminars during the year with high attendance by our membership. Thirty-three individual members were also recognized and presented awards for outstanding achievement and service by the association. Eight canine teams who retired during the year 2014 were also placed on the Hall of Honor page in remembrance to their honored service.
During the month of December each of our members will be receiving their 2015 Membership Dues in the mail. Please be sure to submit your dues no later than January 31. 2015. Dues are $50.00 per member. Please make all checks payable to the American Police Canine Association. In addition, you will be receiving election ballots from the A.P.C.A.'s Membership Chairman for our current run-off election for the Executive Board Office of Trustee Position #4. We ask that you please fill out your ballots and mail them with a pre-addressed envelope which is also enclosed. The selected candidate will be posted on this website following the conclusion of the 2015 Spring Executive Board Meeting.
The Association is saddened to announce the recent passing of the former retired Air Force military working dog, K-9 Jjackson as a result of an aging medical condition. Jjackson was the military working dog partner of Sgt. Harvey L. Holt. This team served on the United States Air Force Presidential Security Team while stationed at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland and served in combat operations Iraq. We send our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to Harvey Holt and his family in the loss of K-9 Jjackson.
Plans for the 2015 A.P.C.A. Spring Seminar are now underway for our annual east coast event. This event 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 and we hope you will mark your calenders early in making plans to attend. See you in the spring in North Carolina!
There have been recent changes of persons serving on the association's Accreditation Board. This past month the former Chairman Robert L. Lewis resigned his position from the board due to ongoing family medical care obligations. Bob has served this association the past five years in a very professional and outstanding capacity. We wish Bob and his family members the best as he leaves this position. As the President I have appointed his replacement in that of Master Trainer Richard P. Ryan who has now assumed the reponsibilities as Accreditation Chairman who also served as one of five members of the board. In addition, I have appointed the remaining accreditation members position to be held by Master Trainer Roger J. Reardon who has accepted this board members position. Congratulations to each of these individuals to their new Accreditation Board positions.
The A.P.C.A. Winter K-9 "Sniff-Off" will be held on March 7, 2015 and hosted by the Crown Point, Indiana Police Department. Registration and Hotel Information will be posted in the near future on this website. We hope to see you there for this exceptional narcotics training event.
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.
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.
During the month of November the association gained several new members which we are pleased to welcome. A big A.P.C.A. Welcome Aboard to Wendell Hite, Andrew Duguay, Shane Adams, Victor Zamora, Thomas Miller, Robin Matejewski,
Jonathan Eischen, Samantha Snowberger, Bryan Bodine, Matthew Riley, Scott Stoller, Joseph DeMatteo, Charles Morgan, Joshua Szuba and Elad Bachar. We hope to see you at our upcoming 2015 training seminars!!
As your President, I wish to thank each and every member of this association who made the year 2014 a phenomenal year in meeting and exceeding this years goals and meeting the numerous challenges we faced as an organization. To our membership I wish to say that we are blessed with some of the best canine teams in the nation whose training and certifications are a reflection of your commitment to your departments and your profession as law enforcement canine teams. A special salute and personal thank you also to our Master Trainers and Trainers who assisted at our training events and offered many hours of training and certifications for our member teams. To the Executive Board and Accreditation Board...Thank you for your professionalism and hard work that each of you put forth in assisting me in the decision making processes that were made for the betterment of the association in mind. I owe each of you a debt of gratitude.
In closing from my family to yours, we wish each of you a very blessed Christmas and a joyous & prosperous new year!!! Until we meet again stay safe and god bless.
Mike Johnson, President
American Police Canine Association