Presidents Updates

January 2018

The President’s Perspective

2018 A.P.C.A. Winter K-9 “Sniff-Off” & 2018 A.P.C.A. Spring Seminar………..


2018 is off to a quick start in which our association is again preparing for three training conferences which we will provide to our membership throughout the coming year.  These include the 2018 Winter K-9 “Sniff-Off”, the 2018 Spring Seminar and the 2018 A.P.CA. National Training Conference.

This year’s 2018 A.P.C.A. Winter K-9 “Sniff-Off” will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, by the Martinsville, Indiana Police Department.  Registration and hotel information can be obtained on the Upcoming Events Section of our website.  We are expecting a large turnout at this year’s annual competition event.  We hope to see you there and enjoy a weekend of networking, narcotics training, and great food.


During the week of April 23-26, 2018 the association will hold it’s annual spring training seminar in Cherokee, North Carolina.  Our hosting agency for this year’s conference is the Cherokee NRE (Natural Resource Enforcement).  For those planning to attend, please make your reservations early as we are expecting a large attendance at this spring event.  Event and registration information can be found in the Upcoming Events section of this website.


Just a reminder to our membership that each of you should have received your 2018 Membership Dues this past fall.  Membership Dues should be received by A.P.C.A. Membership Chairman Rick Queen no later than January 31, 2018.  Checks may be made payable to: A.P.C.A. in the amount of $50.00.  Please mail your payments to:

A.P.C.A. Membership Chairman, 14 Range Drive, Cherokee, North Carolina 28719.


The A.P.C.A. Executive Board will be conducting it’s 2018 Spring Executive Board Meeting on Friday, March 2, 2018, @ 4:00pm at the Holiday Inn Express, Martinsville, Indiana.   All board members should mark their calendars to attend this annual meeting.


Annually updated resumes should be submitted electronically by all A.P.C.A. Master Trainers and A.P.C.A. Trainers to Accreditation Chairman Richard P. Ryan: and A.P.C.A. Secretary Melissa C. Newman:  Resumes should be received no later than January 31, 2018, @ 11:59pm.

For those law enforcement teams who have retired from active service, please be sure to forward notice of your team’s retirement or a K-9 passing onto us. This is important so that we may post the teams service on the Hall of Honor Page on our website.


We look forward to seeing each of you at our training conferences this coming year and hope you will make plans to attend.  Stay safe and until we meet again, keep training those dogs!


Sincerest Regards,



Mike Johnson, National President

American Police Canine Association