Presidents Updates

May 2019

The President’s Perspective

2019 A.P.C.A. Spring Seminar and Association Information

Congratulations and our heartfelt appreciation go out to the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office who hosted a phenomenal Spring K-9 Seminar for this year’s attending members. Special thanks to Master Trainer Lennie Rivera and his team in organizing a fantastic conference. The seminar was held April 15-17, 2019 in Concord, North Carolina. The weeks training included fundamentals & problem solving, tactical entry training, scent detection in accelerants, explosives and narcotics. Aggression and Tracking venues were also busy during the conference. A.P.C.A. Certifications were also conducted during the week. Lodging accommodations for this seminar were at the Wingate Inn, Concord, North Carolina. A big A.P.C.A. THANKS to the Broadus Baptist Church, Concord, North Carolina who prepared and donated the conference meals for our members. The meals were exceptional, and the hospitality was great as always.


We wish to also thank the following instructors in attended this year’s seminar. Master Trainers William Downey, Charlie Kirchner, Denny Kunkel, Robbie Waldrop and Trainers, Josh Burke, Chris Graham, Matthew Harris and Gary Wilson. Special thanks also to Ron Ligtenburg who provided decoy instruction for the week.


The A.P.C.A. is moving forward and gearing up for the fast approaching

2019 National Training Conference. This year’s conference will be presented and hosted by the American Police Canine Association at the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina in Bloomington, Indiana. Conference dates are September 29-October 3, 2019.


Event and registration information is now on this website under Upcoming Events. Please be sure to register early if you are planning to attend this training conference as rooms will be filling up quickly. Please be sure to advise the hotel registration staff that you are with the A.P.C.A. National Conference when reserving your room as the hotel has closed off reservations to the public for this specific week.


For members wishing to nominate fellow A.P.C.A. member officers for this year’s A.P.C.A. Awards please forward your postmarked letters of nomination NO LATER than July 29, 2019 to A.P.C.A. Awards Chairman, Master Trainer Scott R. Adam, 3308 Cedar Valley Drive, New Haven, Indiana 46774. The awards categories to submit letters of nomination can be found under the Awards Section of this website.


Members interested in applying for Master Trainer or Trainer Accreditation must submit their postmarked application packages to the A.P.C.A. Accreditation Chairman, Richard P. Ryan Sr., no later than June 29, 2019, (90 days) prior to the convening of the accreditation board, per accreditation rules. Please submit application packages to: A.P.C.A. Accreditation Chairman, Richard P. Ryan Sr.,7505 W. Silo Drive, Frankfort, Illinois 60423.


The A.P.C.A. President’s Awards submissions must be postmarked and submitted to Association President, Michael D. Johnson no later than September 1, 2019. Period of consideration will be September 1, 2018 thru September 1, 2019. All awards recipients which will be issued awards by the A.P.C.A. Awards Committee or the President shall be notified by the president two weeks prior to the convening of the National Training Conference.

This is a training conference that has many offerings to our membership and one that we know you will benefit from. We hope to see you at this year’s National Training Conference in September!

Sincerest Regards,

Mike Johnson, President