Presidents Updates

October 2019

 The President’s Perspective                  


The 2019 A.P.C.A. National Training Conference in Review….       


     For our membership who were able to attend this year’s National Training Conference (NTC) we hoped we met your training expectations and that the conference was an enjoyable one for each of you.  The 2019 A.P.C.A. NTC was held September 29 – October 3, 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana and the Lawrence County area.  Members from several states attended this year’s event which included training and certifications in odor detection, patrol dog, SAR training and scenario-based training with aviation, watercraft, vehicle pursuits and ERT / K-9 Team deployments.  Several evening classroom presentations were also provided during the week.  Over 120 working teams were in attendance in which training days began at 0800 hours and concluded at 2200 hours each day. 


     During the conference the A.P.C.A. Executive and Accreditation Boards convened for association business.  The Accreditation board approved new certification standards in Narcotics Detection testing and Land Cadaver Detection / Water Cadaver Detection / SAR Trailing and Area Search testing.  See Certification Standards section of this website.  Also approved were new Master Trainer and Trainer Accreditation Process requirements. See A.P.C.A. Accreditation Section of this website.  The Accreditation Board also conducted Master Trainer / Trainer Interviews in which the following individuals were approved for accreditation.  Joshua Burke, Vincennes, IN, approved as Master Trainer in Narcotics.   Kevin Garber, Hobart, IN, approved as Trainer in Patrol/Narcotics/Explosives.  Christopher Graham, Kings Mountain, NC, approved as Master Trainer in Patrol/Narcotics.  Simon Gresser, Hobart, IN, approved as Master Trainer add-on in Explosives.   Matthew Harris, Gastonia, NC, approved as Master Trainer in Patrol/Narcotics.  Melissa Morgan, Grant County, KY, approved as Master Trainer in Cadaver/Tracking.  Congratulations to each of these members in having reached a new professional milestone in your canine fields of expertise.


     The association also presented its annual awards at this year’s conference.  Corporal Kenneth L. Williams & K-9 Mojo, Hobart Police Department, Indiana were presented the President’s Award for 2019 A.P.C.A. Narcotics Interdiction Team of the Year.  Deputy Russ K. Day & K-9 Astor, Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky were presented the President’s Award for 2019 A.P.C.A. Narcotics Detection Team of the Year (United States Small Level Department).  The Lawrence County Recreation Park (ABATE) was presented the 2019 A.P.C.A. Executive Board Citation Award for its third year of continued services to the A.P.C.A. National Conference.


     The A.P.C.A. General Membership Meeting was held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 0800 hours at the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn.  Annual association business including treasurer, membership, grievance, accreditation reports were presented to the membership.  Election of offices for the Executive Board were also conducted during the conference for President, Secretary, Membership Chairman and Directors #1 and #3.  The following candidate nominees were unanimously approved by the membership present at the general membership meeting.  Michael D. Johnson was re-elected as association president.  Melissa C. Morgan was re-elected as Secretary.  Rick S. Queen was re-elected as Membership Chairman.  Joshua C. Burke was elected as Director #1.  Robert A. Lewis was elected as Director #3.  Congratulations to each of our elected office holders and we look forward to working with you on the A.P.C.A. Executive Board.  A national conference training presentation bid was presented by Master Trainer Robert Fleming to the membership for the 2020 National Training Conference.  Tinley Park, Illinois was discussed as the proposed location for next year’s annual event.  Final approval by the hosting agencies and association conference needs are currently in the planning stages.  Information will be forwarded to our members as it becomes available to us.


     The 2019 NTC was photographed by A.P.C.A. Photographer Paula Price.  We would like to thank Paula for shooting this year’s NTC Conference.  Photos can be found on her website and obtained at  Download the SmugMug App.  Search Photographers-Paula Price.  It includes complimentary picture downloading.


     The A.P.C.A. wishes to thank each of our Master Trainers and Trainers who instructed at this year’s training event.  Also, special thanks to the Mr. Robert C. Klein, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indiana Conservation Officers, Lake County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit, Clark County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit, Bedford Fire Department, IU Health-Bedford Hospital, Grissom Airport Aviation Board and ABATE for the phenomenal support you provided to our conference training needs.  Each of you did an outstanding job in the long and hot days!  We are indebted to each of you.  A big A.P.C.A. thanks to our many sponsors who helped in supporting this year’s conference.


     Finally and most important, to our membership, on behalf of the A.P.C.A. Executive Board to which you have elected us, we are honored and humbled to serve you and will continue to give you our best in leading our organization and provide the best training, education and certification services possible.  Thank you for your continued confidence in our board and your personal votes in allowing us to continue to serve our most important asset, which is YOU.  We look forward to providing a great training year in 2020 and we encourage you to contact us as to suggestions for upcoming training ideas as we continue to improve as a professional canine training association. To every member of our association, thank you for making 2019 a great year for training opportunities and to each member agency who assisted us in planning, providing and coordinating great training events during the year.


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


Sincerest Regards,



Michael D. Johnson