October 2020

 The President’s Perspective                  

Important Information for our Membership:  The A.P.C.A. Accreditation Board convened on September 25, 2020 to discuss extending current certification periods for all members in good standing (whose membership dues have been paid) and are due to be re-certified. As a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic throughout the country, the board voted unanimously to extend those certifications which were due to expire on October 1, 2020. 

The Board has extended the re-certification period to April 21, 2021.  This certification period does not apply to those association K-9 teams certifying in a first-time discipline, in which teams would be required to contact a A.P.C.A. Master Trainer to make those certification arrangements.

The A.P.C.A. Membership Chairman, Rick Queen will begin sending out membership dues notices during the month of November for 2021.  For those members which have a new change of mailing address, please be sure to contact Rick with the new information in order to receive your membership dues notice. APCA Membership Chairman’s Email contact:  Marick4400@gmail.com . Membership Dues are $50.00 per member and are due by January 31, 2021.  Those dues postmarked after February 28, 2021 are assessed a fifteen-dollar late fee in which payment will be $65.00 per association bylaws.

Congratulations to Master Trainer Lennie B. Rivera and K-9 Storm who recently retired from the Cabarrus County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office.  We wish each of you a wonderful retirement from serving many years in law enforcement with an impressive apprehension record.  We wish you both happiness and success in your many years into the future.

The 2021 A.P.C.A. Training Schedule has been confirmed and is now in place.  We are looking forward to seeing each of our members at these events.  It is our hope that many departments will be able to lift travel restrictions and attend these events as we move forward and continue to monitor the Covid 19-pandemic on a monthly basis. 

For many of us, we have continued to train in small group settings in 2020 to meet mandated training requirements.  Please continue to maintain safe training environments with necessary protective equipment as required.

Until our next update, please stay safe out there and keep training those dogs!

                                                                                         Sincerest Regards, 

Michael D. Johnson, President