The President's Perspective
News & Upcoming Events.........
K-9 Officer & K-9 Killed in the Line of Duty........
Burke County, North Carolina - We respectfully salute and remember one of our law enforcement professions own that tragically lost their lives in the line of duty on March 13, 2014 while tracking a double murder suspect. United States Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp and his K-9 Maros assigned to the Pisgah National Forest near Ashville, North Carolina were ambushed and killed by the armed suspect.. The suspect was later located and killed in a gun battle by law enforcement. The American Police Canine Association extends it heartfelt sympathies and prayers to Officer Crisps wife, children and his department in Jason & K-9 Maros passing.
The A.P.C.A. extends it's sincerest appreciation and gratitude to all members of the Mooresville, North Carolina Police Department and it's outstanding K-9 Unit in hosting the 2014 A.P.C.A. North Carolina Spring Seminar. This year's event was held the week of April 14-17 in Mooresville, North Carolina. The association especially wishes to thank this year's event coordinator Tyson Rogers for planning and organizing an exceptional seminar. Tyson was unfortunately involved in a serious personal injury accident in his K-9 vehicle on the first day of the seminar and is currently undergoing many surgeries which resulted from the accident. Tyson you are in our thoughts and prayers as we wish you a full and speedy recovery.
This year's conference was attended by many members from the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Teams participated in several training areas in problem solving and certifications. Guest speakers at this years conference were Brad Smith with a Skidds/Cats presentation and Attorney at Law John M. Peters who provided a legal class around fourth amendment search & seizure. A big A.P.C.A. thanks to Master Trainers Denny Kunkel, Pat Merritt, Charles Kirchner, Simon Gresser, Doug Ayres, Scott Adam, Richard Ryan and Tommy Wilcox for instructing and certifying our attending teams.
As always, A.P.C.A. Photographer Joyce Dunham did a superb job in capturing this year's seminar through her camera lense including being hoisted on a fire engine ladder truck to photograph this year's group photo at the Dale Ernhart Corporation Headquarters in Mooresville. We wish to take this opportunity to thank our spring seminars lodging host, the Hampton Inn & Suites managers Denise Cook and Cathy Carpenter who rolled out the red carpet for our group. The accommodations, meeting rooms and meals were exceptional and the staff went out of their way in making our stay a comfortable one.
The Executive and Accreditation Boards convened for association business on Sunday, April 13 at the Hampton Inn. In the Executive Board Session, Attorney John M. Peters in reviewing the A.P.C.A. Bylaws suggested revisions concerning the bylaws grievance process, which will be brought before the general membership meeting on September 22, 2014. The Executive Board voted unanimously to adopt a registration fee refund policy which stipulates there shall be no registration fees refunded within 90 days of any sanctioned APCA event, unless reviewed and approved by a majority vote of the Executive Board. The Accreditation Board held oral interviews for Master Trainer/Trainer applicants with no approvals granted at this session. In addition the board moved to revoke one Master Trainer's and one Trainer's accreditation status in not meeting accreditation requirements as outlined. The Accreditation Board reviewed and approved new certification standards for the discipline of Accelerant Detection Teams. The board also ranted accelerant detection accreditations to Master Trainers Charles Kirchner and Mike Johnson.
Several teams received certifications during the seminar. One milestone highlight was that of Indiana State Fire Marshall & Chief Investigator Ken VanSlyke & K-9 Madison, Madison Township Fire Department, Camby, Indiana who became the first accelerant detection team of the American Police Canine Association to be certified in this discipline. The Level III Group also gained seven new teams who certified as Level III Trailing Teams. Congratulations to Brandon Mayberry & K-9 Czar - Statesville, NC Police Department, Michael Mitchell & K-9 Argo - Statesville, NC Police Department, Rob Russell & K-9 Britt - Cornelius, NC Police Department, Gary Queen & K-9 Dag - Cornelius, NC Police Department, Eugene Ramos & K-9 Kilo - Concord, NC Police Department, Ricardo Rodriguez & K-9 Rico - Concord, NC Police Department and Robbie Waldrop & K-9 Cena - Gaston County, NC Police Department.
All members should now have their focus on the upcoming 2014 A.P.C.A. National Conference which is scheduled for September 22-26, 2014. The Knox County, Indiana Sheriff's Department will be this year's conference host that will be held in Vincennes, Indiana. This conference promises to be an exceptional training event with top caliber instructors, speakers, tactical training, problem solving and certifications.. Event and registration information will be available online May 1st.
2014 Fall Accreditation Board .....For those applicants applying for Master Trainer / Trainers Accreditation, the A.P.C.A. Accreditation Board will convene on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 2:00pm at the Holiday Inn Express, Vincennes, Indiana. Please submit two copies of your application package post marked no later than July 20, 2014. 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 Robert A. Lewis, 2772 S. 350 W., Laporte, Indiana 46350. A second copy should be mailed to:
A.P.C.A. Secretary, John H. Dunham Jr., 1783 Homeward Avenue, Lima, Ohio 45805.
The 2014 A.P.C.A. National Awards Dinner will be held on September 25, 2014 in Vincennes, Indiana. This public occasion is to recognize and honor those member recipients that have been nominated by their peers and selected by the A.P.C.A. Awards Committee or by Presidential Merit. Awards are presented in six individual categories. Those members desiring to nominate a regular association member should review the awards criteria on this website and submit letters of nomination to the A.P.C.A. Awards Chairman postmarked no later than July 20, 2014. Letters of nomination are to be forwarded to: A.P.C.A. Awards Chairman, Master Trainer Scott R. Adam, 3308 Cedar Valley Drive, New Haven, Indiana 46774.
Please mark your calenders to attend the A.P.C.A. General Membership Meeting to be held Monday, September 22, 2014 at 8:00am at the Holiday Inn Express, Vincennes, Indiana. This meeting will conduct the annual association's business and the election of offices for those offices whose terms expire in September 2014. Association offices open for this year's election are Vice President, Treasurer, Trustee #2 and Trustee #4. We hope to see you this fall at the A.P.C.A. National Conference!
Until our next update, stay safe and keep training those dogs!
Mike Johnson, President
American Police Canine Association