The 2017 A.P.C.A. K-9 Sniff-Off is now entered into the record books and will be remembered as one of the best and most memorable events in its running history.
The Vincennes Police Department is to be commended for a job well done as they hosted a first class event.
A big A.P.C.A. salute to the Vincennes Police Department, Chief Dusty Luking, K9 Supervisor Josh Burke, Officer Mike Caswell and Officer Kody Waggoner for the months of hard work and planning that went into this event.
Exceptional lodging accommodations and meals were enjoyed by this year’s attendees. A never-ending supply of pizza and wings were supplied to the group on their arrival, followed by a knockout breakfast the following morning prepared by Vincennes Mayor Joe Yochum.
The thirteenth annual Sniff-Off consisted of twenty-eight teams represented from Indiana, Kentucky and North Carolina.
Teams competed in three event phases that included buildings, canisters and vehicles. This year for the first time offered a unique challenge in the vehicle phase in which teams searched military vehicles and aircraft at the Indiana Military Museum.
Raffle prizes were also won by our attendees that were donated by several businesses and individual sponsors. We would like to thank and extend our sincerest appreciation to this year’s sponsors. A big thanks to American Aluminum, Kiesler’s Police Supply, Working Dog Dry Goods, Dewclawz, Sirche, Clot it, Activedogs.com, Battlemug, Rural King, Pet Smart, Bill Bones Pizzeria, Monicals Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings, Zip n Sip, Mayor Joe Yochum, Chief Dusty Luking, Chief Sonny Pinkstaff, Indiana Military Museum, Washington Christian Center, Vincennes School Corporation and Vincennes FOP Lodge #62.
The competition was very competitive with score times being hundredths of seconds apart. Teams broke for lunch at mid day and finished up the day with the last teams completing the event at 300pm. This year’s Sniff-Off top three teams were;
Jeff Eldridge & K9 Bandit, Crown Point Police Department who were presented the 2017 Champion Team Award with a time of 2.0580 and 0 penalty points.
Second place went to Case Cummings & K9 Diesel, Washington Police Department who were presented the 2017 Runner Up Award with a time of 3.0426 and 1 penalty point.
Third place Semi- Finalist Award was presented to Bob Klein and K9 Harley, Knox County Sheriff’s Department with a time of 3.3447 and 1 penalty point.
Congratulations to each of these teams for an outstanding performance.
In closing, this year’s event was a great day in our associations history. We enjoyed a day of fellowship, competition, networking and training. A special thanks to our judges, Denny Kunkel, Scott Adam, Shawn Mayer, Rich Ryan and Josh Burke.
The APCA Executive Board also held its 2017 Spring Meeting in Vincennes on March 3rd. The Board voted to provide six issues of K9 Cop Magazine paid by the association, beginning in April 2017 to each association member recognized in good standing. Issues will be mailed soon.
The APCA North Carolina Spring Seminar will be held the week of April 24-28, 2017 in Concord, North Carolina. It will be hosted by the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office. This year’s seminar promises to be an outstanding training event. We hope you mark your calendar and make plans to attend. Registration and hotel information is posted on this website.
Until our next update, stay safe and keep training those dogs!
Mike Johnson, President
American Police Canine Association