The President’s Perspective
Our association just completed holding its fourteenth annual running of the A.P.C.A Winter K-9 Sniff-Off. We wish to thank the Martinsville Police Department for hosting an exceptional event. The lodging accommodations, meals, shirts and raffle prizes were nothing but the best. Special thanks to Martinsville Matthew Long, Lt. Blake Long, Officer Dustin Tarr and Officer Ryan Manley for rolling out the red carpet for our attending members. This year’s raffle prizes included an AR-15 Rifle, a Glock 43 Pistol, American Aluminum Drug Safe, 511 backpacks just to name a few.
The A.P.C.A. Executive Board convened for it spring meeting on Friday, March 2nd in Martinsville, Indiana. The board covered several basic items of business and discussed upcoming association events being planned for the spring and fall of 2018. The Sniff-Off held its welcome feed at the Holiday Inn Express on Friday evening in which several of the competing members relaxed and enjoyed socializing together. On Saturday, March 3rd, the Sniff-Off event kicked off with a hot breakfast buffet at Martinsville High School followed by a rules briefing. This year’s event judges were Mike Johnson, Denny Kunkel, Richard Ryan, Shawn Mayer, Scott Adam and Josh Burke. Eighteen teams competed in this year’s event. The event included three competition phases of vehicles, buildings, and containers. Scores were added at the end of the day with the following three teams being announced as this year’s top winners. The 2018 Sniff-Off Champion Team was Officer Kenny L. Williams & K-9 Bandit, Hobart Police Department with a winning time of 4.6234 and 0 penalty points.
The “Runner Up” Team was Officer Lloyd J. Eldrige and K-9 Bandit, Crown Point Police Department with a second-place time of 4.8329 and 0 penalty points.
The “Semi-Finalist” Team was Officer Kevin J. Garber Jr. & K-9 Butch, Hobart Police Department with a third-place time of 5.5858 and 1 penalty point.
Congratulations to each of these teams. For scoring standings of this year’s event, please click on the attached link HERE.
The 2018 A.P.C.A. North Carolina Spring Seminar will be held April 23-26, 2018 in Cherokee, North Carolina. This year’s event is being hosted by the Cherokee NRE. Please see this website for event details and book your reservations now if you are planning on attending. This year’s event promises to be a great training opportunity with some excellent decoy instruction by Ron Ronin from Holland.
Lastly, just as a reminder, for our members who have not submitted your 2018 Membership Dues, please be sure to get these in to maintain your certifications and magazine subscriptions. Please contact A.P.C.A. Membership Chairman Rick Queen if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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!
Mike Johnson, National President
American Police Canine Association