Presidents Updates

April 2019

The President’s Perspective

The 2019 A.P.C.A. “Sniff-Off in review….

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A big A.P.C.A. Hats Off and special thanks to the Hobart Police Department for hosting an exceptional “Sniff-Off” competition event for our attending members!  The fourteenth annual “Sniff-Off” was held on March 23, 2019 in Hobart, Indiana by the Hobart Police Department K-9 Unit.

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The lodging facility for this year’s attending guests was the Hilton Garden Inn in Merrillville, Indiana. This year’s roster included twenty-nine competitors going for the top three places.

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The competition was held at Joan Martin Elementary School in which teams gathered early for breakfast and a rule briefing.

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The competition ran throughout the day and included a catered lunch service.  Teams competed in vehicle, building and canister phases which were graded on a time and point system.

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Several raffle prizes and “Sniff-Off” T-shirts were also given out during the event.  This year’s finalist was Champion Team Lloyd Eldridge & K-9 Bandit, Crown Point Police Department with a winning score of 3 minutes, 18 seconds, 75 hundredths.

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Runner-Up Team was taken by Kevin Garber & K-9 Butch, Hobart Police Department with a score of 4 minutes, 27 seconds, 20 hundredths. The third place Semi-Finalist Team went to Tim Schultz & K-9 Pietertje, Hammond Police Department with a finishing score of 5 minutes, 15 seconds, 89 hundredths.

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF FULL SNIFF-OFF RESULTS

Congratulations to each of these teams on a job well done.

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The association also wishes to thank the following judges for participating in this year’s event – Scott Adam, Robert Anderson, Joshua Burke, Denny Kunkel, Robert Lewis, Melissa Morgan, Rich Ryan and Tammy Ryan.

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A huge thank you to our association’s photographer, Paula Price was also in attendance photographing this year’s “Sniff-Off”.  The 2019 A.P.C.A. “Sniff-Off” photos can be downloaded at https://paulaprice.smugmug.com.  The A.P.C.A. Executive Board Spring Meeting was held on March 22, 2019 at 4 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Merrillville, Indiana.  The board discussed several topics of association business which included accreditation, membership, treasurer reports and new business agenda of the association.

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For our members who are planning to attend the upcoming A.P.C.A. Spring Seminar in Concord, North Carolina please be sure to get your registrations submitted as soon as possible.

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This year’s event will be held April 15-17, 2019 and hosted by the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office.  Please see the upcoming events section of this site for additional information. On a final note, for those members who have not submitted their 2019 Membership Dues, please contact A.P.C.A. Membership Chairman Rick Queen at Marick4400@gmail.com to receive information on bringing your dues up to date. Members not having submitted their annual dues by March 1, 2019 will be charged a fifteen dollar ($15.00) late fee in addition to the regular dues of $50.00 per member which is stated in the association bylaws.  Dues received after March 1, 2019 will be sixty-five dollars ($65.00).

 

 

Sincerest Regards,

 

Mike Johnson, President