The President’s Perspective
The 2019 A.P.C.A. “Sniff-Off in review….
A big A.P.C.A. Hats Off and special thanks to the Hobart Police Department for hosting an exceptional “Sniff-Off” competition event for our attending members! The fourteenth annual “Sniff-Off” was held on March 23, 2019 in Hobart, Indiana by the Hobart Police Department K-9 Unit.
The lodging facility for this year’s attending guests was the Hilton Garden Inn in Merrillville, Indiana. This year’s roster included twenty-nine competitors going for the top three places.
The competition was held at Joan Martin Elementary School in which teams gathered early for breakfast and a rule briefing.
The competition ran throughout the day and included a catered lunch service. Teams competed in vehicle, building and canister phases which were graded on a time and point system.
Several raffle prizes and “Sniff-Off” T-shirts were also given out during the event. This year’s finalist was Champion Team Lloyd Eldridge & K-9 Bandit, Crown Point Police Department with a winning score of 3 minutes, 18 seconds, 75 hundredths.
Runner-Up Team was taken by Kevin Garber & K-9 Butch, Hobart Police Department with a score of 4 minutes, 27 seconds, 20 hundredths. The third place Semi-Finalist Team went to Tim Schultz & K-9 Pietertje, Hammond Police Department with a finishing score of 5 minutes, 15 seconds, 89 hundredths.
Congratulations to each of these teams on a job well done.
The association also wishes to thank the following judges for participating in this year’s event – Scott Adam, Robert Anderson, Joshua Burke, Denny Kunkel, Robert Lewis, Melissa Morgan, Rich Ryan and Tammy Ryan.
A huge thank you to our association’s photographer, Paula Price was also in attendance photographing this year’s “Sniff-Off”. The 2019 A.P.C.A. “Sniff-Off” photos can be downloaded at https://paulaprice.smugmug.com. The A.P.C.A. Executive Board Spring Meeting was held on March 22, 2019 at 4 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Merrillville, Indiana. The board discussed several topics of association business which included accreditation, membership, treasurer reports and new business agenda of the association.
For our members who are planning to attend the upcoming A.P.C.A. Spring Seminar in Concord, North Carolina please be sure to get your registrations submitted as soon as possible.
This year’s event will be held April 15-17, 2019 and hosted by the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office. Please see the upcoming events section of this site for additional information. On a final note, for those members who have not submitted their 2019 Membership Dues, please contact A.P.C.A. Membership Chairman Rick Queen at Marick4400@gmail.com to receive information on bringing your dues up to date. Members not having submitted their annual dues by March 1, 2019 will be charged a fifteen dollar ($15.00) late fee in addition to the regular dues of $50.00 per member which is stated in the association bylaws. Dues received after March 1, 2019 will be sixty-five dollars ($65.00).
Mike Johnson, President