The President’s Perspective
Association update for our membership…
We hope this letter finds each of our members in good health as we continue at home and abroad to battle the Covid-19 virus, which has taken the lives of thousands worldwide and critically impacted our national & world economy. Our working profession has realized the effects the health crisis has placed on our everyday lives in our interaction with others in performing our duties and activities that we have seen restrictions in being able to conduct.
For members of our association, the health crisis has had an impact in being able to offer ongoing annual training events and large gatherings for our associations training and certification schedules. For 2020 the A.P.C.A. has cancelled both the 2020 Spring Seminar and the 2020 A.P.C.A. National Training Conference. Since our last update, the association and the Tinley Park Police Department have been working together to reschedule and host the 2021 A.P.C.A. National Training Conference in Tinley Park Illinois in the fall of 2021.
Conference dates will soon be announced. In addition, the 2021 A.P.C.A. Sniff-Off is set and will be held in Martinsville, Indiana on March 6, 2021 by the Martinsville Police Department. The association is presently reviewing its training and certification options for the 2021 A.P.C.A. Spring Seminar for the east coast members of our association, which will be announced in the fall of 2020.
Over the past several weeks, many states have initiated shelter in place restrictions, in which only just recently, a few of these states have eased some restrictions and gradually begun re-opening their state economies and movement. This also has affected many police and sheriff’s department’s training schedules and operations. As an effort to reduce our members exposure to this virus and to prevent certifications from lapsing, the A.P.C.A.
Accreditation Board approved on March 24, 2020 an extension on all A.P.C.A. certifications which were set to expire during the period of March 24, 2020 thru October 1, 2020. All certifications that were to expire during this period are currently being authorized as valid until October 1, 2020, in which after this date, certifications would be required by all teams requiring re-certifications. The Accreditation Board will review this extension period again before the October 1, 2020 extension date and make the determination as to authorizing a second extension period for those K-9 team certifications expiring after October 1, 2020.
Until our next update, please stay safe out there and keep training those dogs!
Michael D. Johnson