The President's Perspective
The 2016 A.P.C.A North Carolina Spring Seminar in review...
The 2016 Spring K-9 Seminar was held in Cherokee, North Carolina during the week of April 18-20, 2016. This years hosting agencies were the EBCI-Natural Resources Enforcement Department and the Cherokee, North Carolina Fire Department. Our heartfelt thanks to Sgt. Rick Queen, Captain Ken Maney, Lt. Jeremy Blankenship and Connie Cooper who did a phenomenal job in the planning and coordination of this years training conference! The lodging, meals and training venues provided were exceptional. The training week offered numerous training opportunities both in the field and in the classroom. The association also performed a Public K-9 Demonstration before the Cherokee Tribal Council and a K-9 Memorial Service for our fallen K-9 Sam, a APCA Arson Detection Dog. K-9 Sam was a member of the Cherokee, North Carolina Fire Department who passed away in 2015.
This year's conference was attended by thirty K-9 teams from the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Indiana. The week's training consisted of basic problem solving, classroom instruction and certifications. A big APCA thanks to Mr. Patrick Patten, Tactical Woodland Operations School and APCA Master Trainer Rich Ryan, who presented classroom instruction to our attending teams during the week.
The APCA Accreditation Board also convened for accreditation business and Master Trainer / Trainer Applicant Interviews. The Accreditation Board approved Kevin J. Osuch, Matthews Police Department, NC a Master Trainer Accreditation in Tracking Teams. The Board also approved Matthew R. Harris, Gaston County Police Department, NC and Christopher L. Graham, Kings Mountain Police Department, NC a Trainers Accreditation in Patrol / Narcotics Detection Teams. Congratulations to each of these individuals and welcome to the APCA Instruction Team. We look forward to working with you at future association training events.
The Accreditation Board approved new certification rules pertaining to the Aggression Control Certification. Beginning January 1, 2017: All Aggression Control Certifications shall utilize only the body suit or the hidden sleeve as authorized bite equipment in the certification. The certifying Master Trainer's discretion will dictate the type of approved equipment to be used in the certification. Exposed bite sleeves will not be allowed to be utilized in the certification beginning on this date. A second approved change that will take effect at the 2016 National Conference: All applicants will obtain a critique sheet and have them completed by a Master Trainer they are assigned to. It will be the trainees responsibility to maintain and submit the critique sheets in their respective applicant packets to the Accreditation Board in which they will appear for future applicant interviews. In addition, all applicants will be mandated to attend one lecture class per year and have the critique sheet completed by the instructor.
The association is now gearing up for the 2016 APCA National Conference in Bedford, Indiana. The conference will be hosted during the week of September 25-29, 2016. Each member should have received a registration letter and registration form which was mailed to each of our members. We urge each of you to book your room reservations immediately as the hotel has been booked todate at 75% capacity. Room accommodations at the Four winds Lakeside Inn and Marina, the primary hotel, are limited to 104 rooms. Teams not securing these rooms will be required to commute or seek alternative hotels that are located 20 minutes from the Primary hotel. So book your rooms now!! This year's conference promises to be a first rate event that will offer numerous nationally renown guest speakers, exceptional training venues, great lodging, great food and networking opportunities. We plan to see you there!
Mike Johnson, President
American Police Canine Association