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April, 2015
The President's Perspective

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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.

Man, Dog on Boat Man, Dog on Boat

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.


Sincerest Regards,

Mike Johnson, President
American Police Canine Association


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