The President’s Perspective
2018 A.P.C.A. Spring Seminar & National Training Conference ……….
Congratulations to Cherokee NRE and Officer Rick Queen in hosting the 2018 A.P.C.A. Spring Seminar in Cherokee, North Carolina. This year’s training seminar was held April 23-26, 2018 in which 38 teams attended this year’s annual event. Lodging, meal and training accommodations were exceptional. Also in attendance was Ron Ligtenburg, from Holland who instructed aggression fundamentals and decoy instruction during the week. The association performed a public K-9 demonstration for the Cherokee community during the week. Great Job again to Rick Queen and his staff in putting together another great seminar in the Smoky Mountains. The 2019 A.P.C.A. Spring Seminar will be held by the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office in Concord, North Carolina.
The 2018 A.P.C.A. National Training Conference is quickly approaching. This year’s event will be held on September 16-20, 2018 to be hosted by the Bedford, Mitchell, and Lawrence County Police Departments. This year seminar will be held at the Four Winds Resort and Marina, Bloomington, Indiana and promises to be an outstanding training opportunity for this year’s attending members. Registration and event information can be found on this website. There are one hundred and eighteen rooms reserved for this event. The hotel has informed us that we are four months out and it is booked already to half capacity. Please make your reservations now to reserve your rooms if you are planning to attend this conference. For members interested in nominating fellow members for this year’s A.P.C.A Awards please to forward your letters of nomination no later than July 16, 2018 to A.P.C.A. Awards Chairman, Master Trainer Scott R. Adam, 3308 Cedar Valley Drive, New Haven, Indiana 46774. 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 application packages to the A.P.C.A. Accreditation Chairman, Richard Ryan, no later than June 16, 2018, (90 days) prior to the convening of the accreditation board, per accreditation rules. Submit packages to: A.P.C.A. Accreditation Chairman, Richard P. Ryan Sr., 7505 W. Silo Dr, Frankfort, Illinois 60423.
The A.P.C.A. President’s Awards final eligibility date will be September 1, 2018. All activity reports for persons seeking eligibility for the 2018 A.P.C.A. Presidents Awards shall be postmarked by this date. Reports should contain, currency amounts seized, volume, drug arrests, weapons seized. Dates for these awards will be reviewed from September 1, 2017 thru September 1, 2018. Awards recipients shall be notified by the President two weeks prior to the National Conference commencing.
One final thought….please keep our association’s treasurer, Harvey Holt in your thoughts and prayers. Harvey has been recently diagnosed as having a cancerous growth in his right lung. He is being scheduled for surgery to remove it. Every member is concerned and hopes for a positive outcome for Harvey and his family. We will keep everyone updated as to his progress. We look forward to seeing each of you at the 2018 National Training Conference this fall. We 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