Presidents Updates

January 2017

The President’s Perspective

A.P.C.A. News and Upcoming Events….



As we have turned the page and entered into a new year, our association is off to a great start for 2017 in preparation for three excellent training seminars for our membership. Our hosting agencies are working diligently in completing the many details prior to welcoming our teams to each of this years events.


The 2017 A.P.C.A. Sniff Off will be held March 3-4, 2017 in Vincennes, Indiana and hosted by the Vincennes Police Department.


Registration and event information is posted on this website. Three meals and seminar shirts will be provided by the A.P.C.A during the event. Raffle prize items will also be awarded during the event. If you have not yet registered, please reserve your hotel reservations immediately as rooms are limited.



The A.P.C.A. Executive Board will conduct it’s Spring Meeting on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 3:00pm at the Holiday Inn Express, 2720 Battery Road, Vincennes, Indiana. Those members who will be unable to attend should contact association President, Mike Johnson prior to March 1, 2017. On additional business notes, the association wishes to extend its sincerest appreciation to Master Trainer Charles Kirchner for his many years of service as a member of the association’s Accreditation Board. Charles Kirchner submitted his formal letter of resignation as a board member on January 1st due to his many commitments. President Mike Johnson has appointed A.P.C.A. Master Trainer Al Gill as a replacement member to the Accreditation Board in filling this vacancy. Also, as a reminder to all Master Trainers and Trainers…please be sure to submit your annual resume updates to A.P.C.A. Accreditation Chairman Richard P. Ryan, 7505 W. Silo Drive, Frankfort, Illinois 60423 or email at A second copy is to be forwarded to A.P.C.A. Secretary Shawn S. Mayer, Scott County Sheriff’s Department, 111 S. 1st Street, Scottsburg, Indiana 47170 or email at Resumes must postmarked and received no later than January 31, 2017.


For those applicants applying for Master Trainer or Trainer’s accreditation, all packages must be received by the A.P.C.A Accreditation Chairman and the Secretary no later than January 24, 2017.  All packages must be submitted within 90 days of the convening of the accreditation board per accreditation rules. The final spring accreditation board will convene during the A.P.C.A Spring Seminar on April 23, 2017 at 6:00pm at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Concord, North Carolina.

The A.P.C.A North Carolina Spring Seminar will be held the week of April 24-28, 2017 in Concord, North Carolina. This year’s host is the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina.  This year’s seminar promises to be an outstanding conference. We hope you mark your calendars and make plans to attend this year’s east coast event. Registration and hotel information is posted on this website.

In regard to the 2017 A.P.C.A. National Training Conference there have been some changes for this year’s event. Due to financial and logistics considerations, the national planning committee has made the decision to relocate this year’s event to Knox County, Indiana.


The Knox County Sheriff’s Department will be the hosting agency for this years conference which will be held September 24-28, 2017. Registration and Event information will soon be posted on this website.

Each of our members should have received their 2017 Membership Dues notices in the mail. Membership dues are due by January 31, 2017. If you have not received them please contact A.P.C.A. Membership Chairman Rick Queen at

We look forward to seeing each of you during 2017 and hope that you will make plans to attend this years offerings. Stay safe and keep training those dogs!

Sincerest Regards,

Mike Johnson, President

American Police Canine Association