Presidents Updates

May 2017

The President’s Perspective

A.P.C.A. News and Upcoming Events….

Congratulations to the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office in hosting the 2017 A.P.C.A. Spring Seminar that was held in Kannapolis, North Carolina.


We wish to thank Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley and the Cabarrus County K9 Team for organizing and presenting an outstanding training seminar.  Special thanks to A.P.C.A Trainer Lennie Rivera, Jimmy Torelli, Kelly Schroeder, Stephanie Champlin, Stephen Wagoner and Darren Hinson who spent countless hours in planning and addressing every detail of  the weeks training.  The lodging accommodations, meals and training venues were exceptional that was very appreciated by this year’s attending members.


This year’s conference was held April 24-26, 2017.  Training was conducted at the Cabarrus Event Arena.  Training and A.P.C.A. certifications were  in all phases of patrol, narcotics detection, explosives detection and accelerant detection.


The association was also privileged to have in attendance, one of the Netherlands leading K9 decoy instructors, Ron Ligtenberg of the Ronin company.  Ron provided three days of instruction and education to law enforcement K9 teams in K9 drives / instincts identification and training methods in body suit, muzzle and secured line training.  The A.P.C.A. is very appreciative and excited to work with this highly respected professional.  Ron will be working with our association at future upcoming training events.  We look forward to having his instruction again at the 2017 A.P.C.A. National Conference in September.


A big A.P.CA. thanks to association Master Trainers Mike Johnson, Denny Kunkel, Charles Kirchner, Scott Adam, Kevin Osuch and Trainers Lennie Rivera, Gary Wilson, Billy Downey, Robbie Waldrop and Matthew Harris for instructing at this weeks training seminar.


This years meals were provided at no charge to the association and courtesy of the Broadus Baptist Church.  On behalf of the entire association we extend our sincerest appreciation and gratitude for the lunches and dinners that were provided to our members.  They were exceptional and filling.  Lastly, thanks to the many sponsors who provided the event shirts and raffle items for this seminar.  We are indebted for your generosity.


The 2017 National Training Conference will be held in Vincennes, Indiana and hosted by the Knox County Sheriff’s Department.  The National Training Conference is just now five months away.  Registration and Event registration for this conference will be posted on this website in the month of May.  The national conference dates have been scheduled for September 24-28, 2017.   This event promises exceptional training opportunities and highly sought  guest speakers that have been invited to this years conference.  Please make plans to attend the association’s big event.  We look forward to seeing you there.


The American Police Canine Association continues to grow tremendously in which it it is comprised of members throughout the United States and abroad.  We are always excited about welcoming new members to our association.  We hope you will check out the A.P.C.A. as an association that will benefit you, your department and your training goals.  We are looking forward to the many great opportunities that are in store for this association in the future.  We hope to work with each of you at our upcoming conferences and  provide you with new training information that will make each of you more educated and prepared in carrying out your duties as law enforcement K-9 teams.


In closing, thanks to each of you for those that have made and continue to make the commitments and contributions that have made the A.P.C.A. a highly professional and accredited organization.  Each of you are part of the A.P.C.A. team in which working together toward one common goal, we all succeed.


Stay safe and keep training those dogs!



Sincerest Regards,


Mike Johnson, President

American Police Canine Association