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March, 2014
The President's Perspective

K-9 Jjackson makes final journey home to live with his partner, Harvey Holt........

After seven year's of separation as a former working military dog team, Harvey L. Holt and his military K-9 Jjackson have been permanently reunited. Harvey's dream of K-9 Jjackson living with him in Greene County, Indiana became a reality in late February when he received notification from the United States Air Force of K-9 Jjackson's retirement from service. A quickly scheduled flight to Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland was arranged at which time these two Iraq combat veterans were happily re-united and returned to Indiana. Harvey & K-9 Jjackson, U.S.A.F. Retired, served together from 2003-2007 in which their military assignments included being selected by the U.S. Air Force to the Presidential Security Team and a deployment mission to Iraq. While on assignment to Andrews Air Force Base, their duties as an explosive detection/patrol team were to provide security to Air Force One (The President's Aircraft) and base security areas in which the President and other government officials & dignitaries moved on a daily basis. Harvey also provided presidential security for Marine 1 (The president's helicopter) and details at Camp David, the President's retreat. In addition he was selected for special security details at the United Nations General Assembly #60 in New York City by the U.S. Secret Service.

In 2007, Harvey & K-9 Jjackson were deployed to Baqubah, Iraq where the team, was attached to United States Army Combat Units, serving in forward operating areas. Harvey & Jjackson located snipers and several weapon's cache's and improvised explosive devices (IED's). The team encountered many weapons fire engagements with Iraqi forces and saved the lives of many U.S. Military personnel. In recognition of their service, Sergeant Harvey Holt and K-9 Jjackson were awarded the U.S. Air Force Combat Action Badge and the U.S. Army Commendation Medal. Sergeant Holt's & K-9 Jjackson's mission photo is currently on display in the U.S. Air Force Museum's tribute to the Iraq/Afghanistan war at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

Upon receiving news of Jjackson's homecoming, Harvey has received thousands of emails in support from the Southern Indiana Community and across the nation. Harvey has received todate $2,000.00 for building a kennel in which to house Jjackson and care for his medical and food expenses. Harvey received word prior to taking custody of Jjackson from the military that Jjackson will possibly have to undergo a leg amputation on his rear leg. Harvey is very appreciative of the financial donations which he has received to date. They include a donation by the Cook Corporation which paid for Harvey's air transportation from Indianapolis to Washinton D.C. and rental car transportation for Jjackson's return trip to Indiana. Harvey said that during his mission in Iraq that he promised Jjackson That if he got me out safe, I'd do everything in my power to get him home. He saved so many lives, now it's time for us to save his. Jjackson and Harvey both kept their promise to one another. And now....K9 Jjackson is at last spending happily out his last days with his partner Harvey on his small Southern Indiana farm. The American Police Canine Association salutes you!!!! We wish K-9 Jjackson a wonderful and happy retirement. Donations can be made at any branch of Bloomfield State Bank. Harvey Holt be contacted via email at jjacksonh202@yahoo.com or via messaging through Jjackson A Hero's Homecoming on Facebook.

A big thanks to the Nashville, Indiana Police Department for the hosting of the Tenth annual American Police Canine Association Winter-K9 Sniff-Off. This year's narcotics detection trials was another exceptional event in which many A.P.C.A. member K9 teams competed for this year's top honors. The Sniff-Off kicked off on Saturday, March 1st with a breakfast buffet and a rules briefing. Teams were then off and running competing throughout the day in vehicle, building and cannister phases. This year's vehicle phase presented a challenging venue for all teams which was a time killer for many units. Benni's restaurant served a great lunch buffet which teams enjoyed while the times were calculated. This year's Champion Team was presented to Corporal William Granzow Jr. & K-9 Leon, Hobart, Indiana Police Department with a winning competition search time of 5 minutes and 8181 seconds and 0 Points. The Second Place Runner-Up Team went to Sergeant Greg Dietsch & K-9 Drago, Washington, Indiana Police Department with a competition search time of 7 minutes and 6218 seconds and 1 penalty point. The Third Place Semi-Finalist Team was presented to Captain Jeremy Bridges & K-9 Ciro, Bedford, Indiana Police Department with a competition search time of 8 minutes and 1334 seconds and 2 points. Special thanks to this years judging team Denny Kunkel, Bob Lewis, Scott Adam, Shawn Mayer, Harvey Holt and Jesse Crane who did a great job conducting this event. Lastly and most important, a big association thanks and hats off to this year's Sniff-Off Coordinator, Officer Tim True, Nashville Police Department who did a phenomenal job securing this year's lodging, restaurant and training venues. Thank You Tim & K-9 Biker!!!!!

Upcoming Website Changes for 2014......In the next few weeks a redesigned association website with new and improved information features for our membership will be up and running. The association is financially investing in updating our website with more user friendly capabilities and increased access to electronic information pertaining to training articles, upcoming event on line registration capabilities, easier event photo viewing, legal information, easier news case access postings and much more............The A.P.C.A. continues to be a progressive national canine association and strives to offer the best in training seminars and educational & informational resources for its membership.

2014 A.P.C.A. Membership Dues...... For those members who have forgot to send in their 2014 membership dues, please be sure to get them in the mail as soon as possible. Please make all checks payable to: A.P.C.A. In the amount of $50.00. Forward to: A.P.C.A., P.O. Box 382, Bedford, Indiana 47421.

2014 Spring Accreditation Board .....For those applicants applying for Master Trainer/Trainers Accreditation, the A.P.C.A. Accreditation Board will convene on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Hampton Inn, 119 Gallery Center Drive, Mooresville, North Carolina. The A.P.C.A. Executive Board will convene the 2014 Spring Executive Meeting immediately following at 8:00pm.

Upcoming Events......The North Carolina 2014 American Police Canine Association Spring Seminar April 14-17, 2014 is just a few weeks away. Final preparations in the planning of this annual seminar are done and ready to go. This seminar promises to be an exceptional training week. The event will feature special speakers Brad Smith with a Skidds/Cats presentation and A.P.C.A. Legal Advisor, Attorney John M. Peters who will present a lecture class on Fourth Amendment Use of Force Issues. Training will encompass training/problem solving in all areas of patrol, narcotics, explosives and cadaver detection. American Police Canine Certifications will also be available during the event. This year's hosting agency is the Mooresville, North Carolina Police Department. Early registrations have already been coming in. A large attendance of K9 Teams is expected for this years seminar so please be sure to get your registrations in as soon as possible. Event information, registration forms and contact information can be found on the Upcoming Events of this website. For those inquiring about this seminar, you may contact seminar coordinator, Tyson Rogers at 704-664-3311 or email at trogers@ci.mooresville.nc.us

We look forward to seeing you in Mooresville, North Carolina!!!

Until our next update, stay safe and keep training those dogs!


Sincerest Regards,

Mike Johnson, President
American Police Canine Association


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