The President’s Perspective
A big congratulations from the American Police Canine Association to the Martinsville Police Department K-9 Unit for hosting an exceptional 2021 A.P.C.A. Winter K-9 “Sniff-Off”!
Special thanks to Dustin Tarr, Ryan Manley, Bransom Lee and Michelle Weaver and this year’s business sponsors for all the time and effort that was evident in putting together a top-notch training venue.
This year’s narcotics detection trials were held March 5-6, 2021 in Martinsville, Indiana. Nineteen teams competed in this year’s competition. The association is very appreciative of the lodging and great meals that were provided to our participants.
Judges for the competition were Scott Adam, Joshua Burke, Robert Lewis, Roger Reardon, Lennie Rivera and Mike Johnson. The event photographer was Ashley Mills. Thank you to each of you for assisting in this year’s event.
Awards winners for this year’s “Sniff-Off” were presented to the following three top teams. “Sniff-Off” Champion Team – Cody Riggle & K-9 Hatchet, Hobart Police Department, with a winning time of 3 min., 59 seconds, 92 hundredths. “Sniff-Off” Runner-Up Team – Anthony Antonucci & K-9 Rocco, Dyer Police Department, with a second-place time of 4 minutes, 16 seconds, 72 hundredths. Third place Semi-Finalist award went to Michael Plant & K-9 Barrett, Crawfordsville Police Department with a time of 5 minutes, 26 seconds, 67 hundredths. Congratulations to each of these awards winners! CLICK HERE FOR FULL RESULTS
The A.P.C.A. Accreditation Board convened on March 5, 2021 in Martinsville, Indiana for Accreditation Board business. The board adopted new Master Trainer & Trainers Accreditation Standards. See Accreditation Section. In addition, a committee was also formed to evaluate standards for associate Master Trainers and Trainers accreditation for those disciplines in Cadaver, Accelerants and Search & Rescue.
The A-Board issued it decision regarding further certification extension waivers. The Accreditation Board ruling on March 5, 2021 will require all teams to re-certify when the waiver period expires on April 21, 2021. All teams requiring A.P.C.A. Certifications after this date must contact a A.P.C.A. Master Trainer to arrange for certification testing.
The A.P.C.A. Spring Executive Board convened for bi-annual business on March 5, 2021.
Accreditation, Appeals, Membership, Grievance, Treasurer Reports were submitted and accepted by the Executive Board. The Board was advised per association President Mike Johnson that the 2021 A.P.C.A. Spring Seminar has been cancelled by the Kings Mountain Police Department due to Covid-19 concerns. The A.P.C.A. 2021 National Training Conference is on schedule for the fall of 2021 in Tinley Park, Illinois.
Until our next update, please stay safe out there and keep training those dogs!
The President’s Perspective
Important Information for our Membership: The A.P.C.A. Accreditation Board convened on September 25, 2020 to discuss extending current certification periods for all members in good standing (whose membership dues have been paid) and are due to be re-certified. As a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic throughout the country, the board voted unanimously to extend those certifications which were due to expire on October 1, 2020.
The Board has extended the re-certification period to April 21, 2021. This certification period does not apply to those association K-9 teams certifying in a first-time discipline, in which teams would be required to contact a A.P.C.A. Master Trainer to make those certification arrangements.
The A.P.C.A. Membership Chairman, Rick Queen will begin sending out membership dues notices during the month of November for 2021. For those members which have a new change of mailing address, please be sure to contact Rick with the new information in order to receive your membership dues notice. APCA Membership Chairman’s Email contact: Marick4400@gmail.com . Membership Dues are $50.00 per member and are due by January 31, 2021. Those dues postmarked after February 28, 2021 are assessed a fifteen-dollar late fee in which payment will be $65.00 per association bylaws.
Congratulations to Master Trainer Lennie B. Rivera and K-9 Storm who recently retired from the Cabarrus County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Office. We wish each of you a wonderful retirement from serving many years in law enforcement with an impressive apprehension record. We wish you both happiness and success in your many years into the future.
The 2021 A.P.C.A. Training Schedule has been confirmed and is now in place. We are looking forward to seeing each of our members at these events. It is our hope that many departments will be able to lift travel restrictions and attend these events as we move forward and continue to monitor the Covid 19-pandemic on a monthly basis.
For many of us, we have continued to train in small group settings in 2020 to meet mandated training requirements. Please continue to maintain safe training environments with necessary protective equipment as required.
Until our next update, please stay safe out there and keep training those dogs!
The President’s Perspective
Since our last update, the association has continued its certification testing throughout the country for those agencies requesting them. During the months of May and June, the A.P.C.A. conducted several certifications in the states of Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. The association wishes to recognize and congratulate the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources which became the first agency in the American Police Canine Association to certify in Wildlife Detection. Teams certified in multiple wildlife detection testing areas with numerous wildlife testing standards. In addition, the department’s units also certified in article search, obedience, and tracking. Many of our association’s members have continued their department K-9 maintenance training schedules during our covid-19 pandemic. As of this update, we are pleased to report that no members of our association have tested positive for this virus. We encourage each of our members to continue to exercise precaution measures to minimize their exposure when working with others in K-9 training and work-related duties. The Honor Page of the A.P.C.A. website recognizes K-9 teams that have retired or passed from working service. The association placed several teams to this list in the month of June. We salute and recognize each team who has professionally served as law enforcement K-9 Teams. Thank you for your service and commitment to your local communities and the nation. You may have noticed that the website has been gradually changing in appearance. One of these changes has been a newly designed national logo and changes of photos in the header section. We have also added a Contact Us link and a Hero Dogs section in our viewing categories. If you recently have become a member of this association and have not received a certificate of membership or your magazine subscriptions, please contact us on this website and provide us your name and contact information so that we can get these materials to you. As a reminder stemming from Covid-19 concerns, the A.P.C.A. Accreditation Board approved on March 24, 2020 an extension on all A.P.C.A. certifications which were set to expire during the period of March 24, 2020 thru October 1, 2020. All certifications that were to expire during this period are currently being authorized as valid until October 1, 2020, in which after this date, certifications would be required by all teams requiring re-certifications. The Accreditation Board will review this extension period again before the October 1, 2020 extension date and make the determination as to authorizing a second extension period for those K-9 team certifications expiring after October 1, 2020. Until our next update, please stay safe out there and keep training those dogs!
Michael D. Johnson, President
The President’s Perspective
Association update for our membership… We hope this letter finds each of our members in good health as we continue at home and abroad to battle the Covid-19 virus, which has taken the lives of thousands worldwide and critically impacted our national & world economy. Our working profession has realized the effects the health crisis has placed on our everyday lives in our interaction with others in performing our duties and activities that we have seen restrictions in being able to conduct. For members of our association, the health crisis has had an impact in being able to offer ongoing annual training events and large gatherings for our associations training and certification schedules. For 2020 the A.P.C.A. has cancelled both the 2020 Spring Seminar and the 2020 A.P.C.A. National Training Conference. Since our last update, the association and the Tinley Park Police Department have been working together to reschedule and host the 2021 A.P.C.A. National Training Conference in Tinley Park Illinois in the fall of 2021. Conference dates will soon be announced. In addition, the 2021 A.P.C.A. Sniff-Off is set and will be held in Martinsville, Indiana on March 6, 2021 by the Martinsville Police Department. The association is presently reviewing its training and certification options for the 2021 A.P.C.A. Spring Seminar for the east coast members of our association, which will be announced in the fall of 2020. Over the past several weeks, many states have initiated shelter in place restrictions, in which only just recently, a few of these states have eased some restrictions and gradually begun re-opening their state economies and movement. This also has affected many police and sheriff’s department’s training schedules and operations. As an effort to reduce our members exposure to this virus and to prevent certifications from lapsing, the A.P.C.A. Accreditation Board approved on March 24, 2020 an extension on all A.P.C.A. certifications which were set to expire during the period of March 24, 2020 thru October 1, 2020. All certifications that were to expire during this period are currently being authorized as valid until October 1, 2020, in which after this date, certifications would be required by all teams requiring re-certifications. The Accreditation Board will review this extension period again before the October 1, 2020 extension date and make the determination as to authorizing a second extension period for those K-9 team certifications expiring after October 1, 2020. Until our next update, please stay safe out there and keep training those dogs! Sincerest Regards, Michael D. Johnson President
March 2020 –
URGENT INFO, NC SPRING SEMINAR Rescheduled –
Click Here for the 2020 A.P.C.A. Winter K-9 Sniff Off Results…. The eighteenth annual A.P.C.A. Winter K-9 Sniff Off was hosted by the Vincennes Police Department on March 6-7, 2020. Twenty narcotics detection teams competed in this year’s event which was very competitive as expected. The association extends a big congratulations to the Vincennes Police Department K-9 Unit, Captain Josh Burke, Michael Caswell, Jonathan O’Brien and Tammy Burke for hosting an exceptional event for our attending teams and Sniff-Off Judges. This year’s event kicked off with a huge and wonderful Friday evening meal with a variety of pizzas, hot wings, chips and salsa and beverages. This year’s lodging accommodations were provided by the Hampton Inn of Vincennes which were impressive and inviting. Several raffle prizes were also raffled during the Sniff-Off. Each of our participant’s received an APCA Sniff-Off T-shirt. A special thanks also to this year’s judges, Scott Adam, Josh Burke Harvey Holt, Mike Johnson, Denny Kunkel and Rich Ryan who did a great job monitoring and scoring the event. A big thank you to our association photographer Paula Price who photographed this year’s competition. Photos can be viewed and downloaded at no charge on Paula’s website at https://paulaprice.smugmug.com. This year’s 2020 A.P.C.A. Winter K-9 Sniff Off winners are as follows, Kevin Garber Jr. & K-9 Butch, Hobart Police Department were this year’s first place Champion team with a winning time of 4 minutes, 54 seconds, 60 hundredths and 0 Points. The second place Runner-Up team was taken by Jeff Eldridge & K-9 Bandit, Crown Point Police Department with a time of 5 minutes, 46 seconds and 78 hundredths and 0 Points. The Semi-Finalist Award of third place went to David Linenburg & K-9 Blast, Knox County Sheriff’s Department with a finishing time of 5 minutes, 50 seconds and 92 hundredths and 0 Points. Congratulations to each of our winning teams! On Friday, March 6th the A.P.C.A. Executive and Accreditation Boards convened for the Spring Executive Board’s association business at the Hampton Inn of Vincennes. The Accreditation Board reviewed and approved new Wildlife Detection Certification Standards for Department of Natural Resources K-9 Teams. See Certification Standards Section to review these new posted standards. The board also extended certification authority to all current APCA Master Trainers in good standing who maintain APCA Accreditation disciplines in odor detection to conduct the approved Wildlife Detection Certification testing.. The APCA Executive Board also convened to discuss association business in reference to the 2020 APCA Spring Seminar in Cherokee, NC April 20-23, 2020. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED BY THE CHEROKEE NATION DUE TO A LOCAL CORONA VIRUS OUTBREAK IN THE SURROUNDING COUNTIES. REGISTRATION FEES ALREADY PAID WILL BE REFUNDED BY THE ASSOCIATION. FOR THOSE THAT HAVE MADE HOTEL RESERVATIONS, PLEASE ENSURE TO CONTACT THE HOTEL TO CANCEL THOSE RESERVATIONS.
The 2020 APCA National Training Conference was also addressed with the latest updates concerning this year’s conference. Conference information and registration information will be posted in the next few weeks. This year’s conference will be hosted by the Tinley Park Police Department in Tinley Park, Illinois. Dates for this conference are set for October 4-8, 2020. APCA Membership Chairman, Rick Queen is also requesting our members who have recently moved, changed departments or have new phone numbers, to please contact him to provide this needed information. This information is needed to forward annual dues invoices. The association is working hard to provide you quality training events for 2020. The 2020 APCA Winter Sniff-Off set a new bar standard this year in the quality of training, meals and accommodations that were provided. We will continue to provide you this standard of training and services which you as members deserve and expect from our association. We value each of you as a contributing member and look forward to seeing you at our yearly events. Until our next update, stay safe and keep training those dogs! Sincerest Regards, Michael D. Johnson, President
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 https://paulaprice.smugmug.com. 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!
Michael D. Johnson President
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2019 A.P.C.A. National Training Conference Information
This year’s national training conference is now just a few weeks away. For those members who have reserved your room reservations, please be sure to also forward your conference registration form and fees to the APCA, PO Box 382, Bedford, Indiana 47421. Registration fees are $400.00 for those members who are current in their membership dues and $450.00 for those new members or members who have not submitted this year’s 2019 membership dues. The Fourwinds Lakeside Inn has a few rooms remaining so if you are planning on attending please do so soon. Conference registration and hotel check-in begin on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Registration will be in the Commodore Room. Dinner will be served in the Windjammer Grill beginning at 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. For those staying at the hotel, a breakfast buffet will be served at 6:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. All conference meals will be served at the hotel for this year’s conference. The APCA Accreditation Board will convene on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. Those Master Trainer and Trainer applicants appearing for accreditation interviews and testing will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Coral Room. The APCA Executive Board meeting will follow the accreditation meeting and begin at 3:00 p.m. in the Coral Room. There will be a short meeting with all Master Trainers and Trainers on Sunday, September 29th at 5:00 p.m. in the Coral Room. We have a great week of training planned for this year’s attending teams. Several classroom presentations have been scheduled in the evening hours for all participants who wish to attend. The itinerary consists of fourteen-hour training days for those who want to train, certify and gain a lot of great information. This is a training conference that has many offerings to our membership and one that we know you will benefit from. We hope to see you at this year’s National Training Conference in September! Sincerest Regards, Mike Johnson, President
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2019 A.P.C.A. Spring Seminar and Association Information
Congratulations and our heartfelt appreciation go out to the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office who hosted a phenomenal Spring K-9 Seminar for this year’s attending members. Special thanks to Master Trainer Lennie Rivera and his team in organizing a fantastic conference. The seminar was held April 15-17, 2019 in Concord, North Carolina. The weeks training included fundamentals & problem solving, tactical entry training, scent detection in accelerants, explosives and narcotics. Aggression and Tracking venues were also busy during the conference. A.P.C.A. Certifications were also conducted during the week. Lodging accommodations for this seminar were at the Wingate Inn, Concord, North Carolina. A big A.P.C.A. THANKS to the Broadus Baptist Church, Concord, North Carolina who prepared and donated the conference meals for our members. The meals were exceptional, and the hospitality was great as always. We wish to also thank the following instructors in attended this year’s seminar. Master Trainers William Downey, Charlie Kirchner, Denny Kunkel, Robbie Waldrop and Trainers, Josh Burke, Chris Graham, Matthew Harris and Gary Wilson. Special thanks also to Ron Ligtenburg who provided decoy instruction for the week. The A.P.C.A. is moving forward and gearing up for the fast approaching 2019 National Training Conference. This year’s conference will be presented and hosted by the American Police Canine Association at the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina in Bloomington, Indiana. Conference dates are September 29-October 3, 2019. Event and registration information is now on this website under Upcoming Events. Please be sure to register early if you are planning to attend this training conference as rooms will be filling up quickly. Please be sure to advise the hotel registration staff that you are with the A.P.C.A. National Conference when reserving your room as the hotel has closed off reservations to the public for this specific week. For members wishing to nominate fellow A.P.C.A. member officers for this year’s A.P.C.A. Awards please forward your postmarked letters of nomination NO LATER than July 29, 2019 to A.P.C.A. Awards Chairman, Master Trainer Scott R. Adam, 3308 Cedar Valley Drive, New Haven, Indiana 46774. The 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 postmarked application packages to the A.P.C.A. Accreditation Chairman, Richard P. Ryan Sr., no later than June 29, 2019, (90 days) prior to the convening of the accreditation board, per accreditation rules. Please submit application packages to: A.P.C.A. Accreditation Chairman, Richard P. Ryan Sr.,7505 W. Silo Drive, Frankfort, Illinois 60423. The A.P.C.A. President’s Awards submissions must be postmarked and submitted to Association President, Michael D. Johnson no later than September 1, 2019. Period of consideration will be September 1, 2018 thru September 1, 2019. All awards recipients which will be issued awards by the A.P.C.A. Awards Committee or the President shall be notified by the president two weeks prior to the convening of the National Training Conference. This is a training conference that has many offerings to our membership and one that we know you will benefit from. We hope to see you at this year’s National Training Conference in September! Sincerest Regards, Mike Johnson, President
The President’s Perspective The 2019 A.P.C.A. “Sniff-Off in review…. 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. 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. The competition was held at Joan Martin Elementary School in which teams gathered early for breakfast and a rule briefing. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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
The President’s Perspective 2018 A.P.C.A. National Training Conference in Review ………. For those members who were unable to attend this years 2018 A.P.C.A. National Training Conference here is a review of this years annual event. This year’s conference was held September 16-20, 2018 in Bloomington, Indiana at the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina. Our hosting agencies for this year’s event were the Lawrence County Police Department and the Mitchell Police Department who provided a week of great training opportunities for our attending teams and instruction staff. Attendance at this conference was over two-hundred (200) participants representing states from across the nation and Europe. The conference kicked off on Sunday with Executive Board and Accreditation Board Meetings, team registration, a cookout and an evening at the Fourwinds in the Windjammer grill with the Matt Watson Band. The annual general membership meeting was held on Monday, September 17th for association annual business. The membership discussed and voted to increase registration fees for the A.P.C.A. National Training Conferences to $400.00 per team to address rising costs in providing required services at future national events. In other business, there were no other changes addressed. The association also conducted election of Offices for the positions of Grievance Chairman, Accreditation Chairman and Director #5. The membership voted Robert L. Fleming as Grievance Chairman and Augustine S. Gresser as Director #5. The Accreditation Chairman position had two candidates nominated for this office. The Candidates are Robert A. Lewis and Richard P. Ryan Sr. Nomination Ballots will be forwarded to each member by the Membership Chairman within 30 days and should be completed and submitted to the A.P.C.A. Election Chairman, Roger J. Reardon, within sixty (60) days of receipt of the official A.P.C.A. election ballot.
This year’s conference offerings included field and classroom training. Sheriff Michael Neal, Monroe County Arkansas provided classroom training in “Critical Mindset of Counter Ambush Training for Law Enforcement” and Firearms techniques utilizing vehicle interiors. A PTSD for Law Enforcement Class lecture was also provided. Ron Ligtenburg, Decoy Instructor, Holland provided field classroom in “K-9 Aggression Control Fundamentals”. Corporal Kenneth Williams, Hobart Police Department instructed a classroom lecture in “Highway Drug Interdiction”. Lawrence County Coroner / IU Health Protective Services Coordinator, Robert Herr instructed “Death Scene Investigations” for our FEMA canine handler group. Special operations training was also provided during the weeks conference which included: Felony vehicle extraction training, K-9 building entries in low light environments, Felony vehicle pursuit w/ K-9 deployments and simunition, Helicopter insertions with K-9 deployments, K-9 open area search deployments with watercraft, K-9 Water entry apprehensions, K-9 cadaver search with water support, Helicopter K-9 / E.R.T insertion deployments with simunition. The conference also offered field training and A.P.C.A. Certifications in Narcotics Detection, Explosive Detection, Cadaver Detection, Obedience, Aggression Control, Area Search, Tracking, Article Search, and Building Search. The American Police Canine Association extends its sincerest appreciation and gratitude to its numerous financial and service sponsors who supported this law enforcement training conference. Special thanks to the Lawrence County Police Department, Mitchell Police Department, Lake County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit, Daviess County Sheriff’s Department ERT Unit, Indiana Department of Natural Resources – Division of State Parks and Reservoirs, Indiana Conservation Officers, Bedford Parks Department, Bedford Fire Department, Virgil I. Grissom Municipal Airport Aviation Board, Lawrence County Recreation Park, Lawrence County Fairgrounds Board, Klein Flying Services, Indiana University Health – Bedford, Hospital, Stone City Collision, The Villages and Bedford Animal Hospital. Conference meals were provided by the Psi Iota Xi Sorority who did an outstanding job with preparing excellent lunch and evening meals. We wish to extend our sincerest thanks for your service support for our attending members. The A.P.C.A. 2018 Awards Dinner was held on Thursday, September 20th at the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn. Over 200 persons gathered for this annual event for the presentation of this years awards recipients. Indiana State Senator Eric Koch, presented the first of two evening addresses to this years audience. The evenings keynote speaker was Attorney John M. Peters presented an exceptional address for this year’s presenters. A.P.C.A. President Mike Johnson, Vice President Denny Kunkel and Awards Chairman Scott Adam presented the 2018 A.P.C.A Awards to the following individuals and conference sponsors.
A.P.C.A. President’s Award for 2018 Narcotics Detection Team of the Year (United States Large Level Department) – Corporal Jamie Renfroe & K-9 Roby, Corporal Shane Keith & K-9 Ruger and Deputy Brooks Urquhart & K-9 Rico, Florence County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina. A.P.C.A. President’s Award for 2018 Narcotics Detection Team of the Year (United States Small Level Department) – Officer Christopher Watkins & K-9 Raizi, Owensboro Police Department, Kentucky. Accreditation Board Award for Professional Excellence to Master Trainers Lennie Rivera, William Downey and Robbie Waldrop III. A.P.C.A. President’s Award for 2018 Patrol Dog Team of the Year (United States Large Department) – Deputy Lennie Rivera & K-9 Storm, Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina. A.P.C.A. President’s Award for 2018 Patrol Dog Team of the Year (United States Small Level Department) – Deputy Caleb Hutchinson & K-9 Koda, Owen County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana. A.P.C.A. President’s Award for 2018 Narcotics Interdiction Team of the Year – Corporal Kenneth Williams & K-9 Mojo, Hobart Police Department, Indiana. A.P.C.A. Executive Board Award for 2018 Excellence in Service Award – Officer David Schultz & K-9 Si, Mooresville Police Department, Indiana. A.P.C.A. Executive Board Award for 2018 Uncommon Valor Award – Officer Stanko Gligic & K-9 Radar, Crown Point Police Department, Indiana. A.P.C.A. Executive Board Citation Awards – Lawrence County Police Department, Mitchell Police Department, Hoosier Uplands, Lake County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit, Indiana Department of Natural Resources – Division of State Parks and Reservoirs, Indiana Conservation Officers, Lawrence County Recreation Park, Virgil I. Grissom Municipal Airport, IU Bedford Hospital and Robert C. Klein. The Association is please to advise our members that one of our K-9 Teams, Officer Ryan Manley & K-9 Cid with the Martinsville Police Department, Indiana has made a full recovery from Cid’s life threatening incident which was the result of heat stroke at this year’s conference. Thanks to many entities involved who rushed to his assistance and treatment, Cid pulled through and will be returning to full duty status in the near future. A BIG special thanks to Lake County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit, Bedford Animal Hospital, Dr. Kim & Staff, Med Vet in Carmel, Indiana. Without each of these team members Cid would not have survived. They are each life savers. The A.P.C.A. wishes to welcome Photographer Paula Price to the A.P.C.A. staff. Paula Price has accepted the position as A.P.C.A. Photographer and photographed the 2018 National Training Conference. Paula is employed ABCI Natural Resources Program in Cherokee, North Carolina. Photos of this year’s conference can be accessed and downloaded as a free service at paulaprice.smugmug.com. Paula did an outstanding job in photographing the 2018 A.P.C.A. National Training Conference. A big congratulations also to Ron Ligtenburg, who was appointed to the A.P.C.A. Executive Board as Training Coordinator by A.P.C.A. President Mike Johnson during the 2018 Fall Executive Board. Ron has been tasked with creating and implementing both Basic and Advance Decoy Programs in order to teach and advance an effective professional decoy program within the association in order to produce the knowledge and skillsets required in producing high caliber working street dogs. The 2018 National Training Conference was a great success in which our members gained invaluable training and networked with a diversity of information being exchanged. The 2019 National Training Conference was voted by the membership to be hosted again at the Fourwinds in Bloomington, Indiana. Conference dates are set for September 29 – October 3, 2019. We hope you will mark your calendars and make plans to attend. Until our next update, stay safe and keep training those dogs! Sincerest Regards, Mike Johnson, National President American Police Canine Association
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! Sincerest Regards, Mike Johnson, National President American Police Canine Association
The President’s Perspective 2018 A.P.C.A. Winter K-9 “Sniff-Off” & 2018 A.P.C.A. Spring Seminar……….. 2018 is off to a quick start in which our association is again preparing for three training conferences which we will provide to our membership throughout the coming year. These include the 2018 Winter K-9 “Sniff-Off”, the 2018 Spring Seminar and the 2018 A.P.CA. National Training Conference. This year’s 2018 A.P.C.A. Winter K-9 “Sniff-Off” will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, by the Martinsville, Indiana Police Department. Registration and hotel information can be obtained on the Upcoming Events Section of our website. We are expecting a large turnout at this year’s annual competition event. We hope to see you there and enjoy a weekend of networking, narcotics training, and great food. During the week of April 23-26, 2018 the association will hold it’s annual spring training seminar in Cherokee, North Carolina. Our hosting agency for this year’s conference is the Cherokee NRE (Natural Resource Enforcement). For those planning to attend, please make your reservations early as we are expecting a large attendance at this spring event. Event and registration information can be found in the Upcoming Events section of this website. Just a reminder to our membership that each of you should have received your 2018 Membership Dues this past fall. Membership Dues should be received by A.P.C.A. Membership Chairman Rick Queen no later than January 31, 2018. Checks may be made payable to: A.P.C.A. in the amount of $50.00. Please mail your payments to: A.P.C.A. Membership Chairman, 14 Range Drive, Cherokee, North Carolina 28719. The A.P.C.A. Executive Board will be conducting it’s 2018 Spring Executive Board Meeting on Friday, March 2, 2018, @ 4:00pm at the Holiday Inn Express, Martinsville, Indiana. All board members should mark their calendars to attend this annual meeting. Annually updated resumes should be submitted electronically by all A.P.C.A. Master Trainers and A.P.C.A. Trainers to Accreditation Chairman Richard P. Ryan: RPRyansr@comcast.net and A.P.C.A. Secretary Melissa C. Newman: S970K9@gmail.com. Resumes should be received no later than January 31, 2018, @ 11:59pm. For those law enforcement teams who have retired from active service, please be sure to forward notice of your team’s retirement or a K-9 passing onto us. This is important so that we may post the teams service on the Hall of Honor Page on our website. We look forward to seeing each of you at our training conferences this coming year and hope you will make plans to attend. Stay safe and until we meet again, keep training those dogs! Sincerest Regards, Mike Johnson, National President American Police Canine Association
The President’s Perspective The 2017 A.P.C.A National Training Conference…A Week in Review. This year’s national conference was given high marks by our attending members in which was graded as an exceptional training event. The Knox County Sheriff’s Department and the Vincennes Police Department are to be congratulated on a phenomenal job in planning and hosting a very organized and top caliber national conference. Special A.P.C.A. Thanks to Knox County Sheriff Mike Morris, Vincennes Chief of Police Dusty Luking, Captain Bill Poe – Knox County S.D., Captain James Wehrman – Knox County S.D., Detective Josh Burke-Vincennes .PD., Officer Mike Caswell – Vincennes P.D. and Officer Kody Waggoner-Vincennes P.D. our national planning team, who spent the past year in preparing for the association’s main event. The association is very appreciative to both of these departments and individuals who committed themselves to this monumental responsibility in providing a conference which will always be remembered as nothing less than outstanding. The association began this year’s festivities with the Sunday, “Kick-Off” Cookout in which members feasted on brats, hamburgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken and all the fixings. Members enjoyed the evening catching up and networking with one another. The Executive Board and Accreditation Board also convened for their fall meetings. The Executive Board discussed incorporating individual state funded departments into the membership and its impact on the association in regard to certifications, training, elections and board representation. Appeals Board Chairman Roger Reardon also discussed with the board the protocols and procedures of the newly formed A.P.C.A. Appeals Board and its established purpose. The 2018 National Conference was also discussed in which included financial considerations, location and regional support. Written coorespondence was provided in a bid request for next year’s hosting location of Lawrence County, Indiana. In Accreditation Board business, the board adopted new rules pertaining to Master Trainer and Trainer Activity clauses and provided new provisions and definitions as to being an Active Trainer or Master Trainer. The Board ruled that mere attendance at a sancitioned workshop, while not instructing at a sanctioned event did not meet the “Active” requirements definition. The Board also implemented new trainer and master trainer applicant critique forms in the Utility and Detection phases. The board also implemented a ruling requiring a minimum of three (3) canine teams trained by the applicant in the phases he or she was applying for prior to submitting their applicant packages to the board. The applicant must have trained three (3) K-9 teams from the “green dog” level to A.P.C.A. certification level. The Accreditation Board also approved three (3) Master Trainer applicants in the phases of Patrol / Narcotics Detection. The following individuals were approved as entry level Master Trainers; Deputy Lennie B. Rivera – Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office North Carolina, Captain Billy Downey-Gaston County Police Department, North Carolina and Officer Robbie Waldrop – Gaston County Police Department, North Carolina. Congratulations to each of the individuals. On Monday, September 25, 2017 the association convened its annual General Membership Meeting for the conducting of association business and election of offices. The membership cast their votes and elected Denny A. Kunkel as association Vice-President, Melissa C. Morgan as association Secretary, Russ K. Day as Director #2 and Lennie B. Rivera as Director #4. Each of these individuals will serve a three year term of office. Congratulations to each of these elected officers. The membership also voted for the hosting location of the 2018 National Training Conference to be in Lawrence County, Indiana September 16-20, 2018 at the Fourwinds Resort and Marina, Bloomington, Indiana. Training at this year’s conference consisted of sites throughout the City of Vincennes, Indiana and surrounding areas. Several training locations were also on Vincennes University Campus. This year’s guest instructors included Ron Ligtenberg from Amsterdam, Holland who provided highly sought decoy instruction and reading drives in working K-9’s. Sheriff Mike Neal, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas provided tactical shooting instruction incoroporating vehicles and moving targets with both duty weapon and patrol riffles. Attorney John M. Peters, Rochester, Michigan provided two legal lecutures pertaining to fourth amendment case law and tracking cases. Water deployment training was instructed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources incorporating airboats on the Wabash River. On Tuesday, September 26, 2017 the association performed a Public K-9 Demonstration at Inmann Field in Vincennes, Indiana before several thousand spectators. A police convoy extending almost 1 1/2 miles filed through the city on the route to the stadium in which bystanders lined the streets to greet and photograph the many K-9 Teams participating in the evenings big event. The Lt. Govenor of Indiana also issued a proclamation which was read before the audience recognizing law enforcement in the service to our United States Citizens. The shows grand fanallee was a MASH Helicopter landing on the field with a K-9 Deployment of a fleeing suspect. The annual A.P.C.A. Law Enforcement Awards Dinner was held on September 28, 2017 with Monroe County Sheriff, Mike Neal presenting the keynote address in which he discussed the Wal-mart Shooting Incident in Arkansas. Eight Law Enforcement Awards were presented by the A.P.C.A. Awards Committee Chairman, Scott Adam, President Mike Johnson and Vice-President, Denny Kunkel. Executive Board Citation Awards were presented to the Knox County Sheriff’s Department and the Vincennes Police Department in hosting the 2017 A.P.C.A. National Conference. Officer Jeff Sanders & K-9 Baya, Marshall Police Department, Illinois received the 2017 Excellence in Service Award. The 2017 A.P.C.A. President’s Award for Narcotics Detection Team of the Year (United States Large Level Department) was presented to Deputy Brooks A. Urquhart & K-9 Rico, Florence County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina. The 2017 A.P.C.A. President’s Award for Narcotics Detection Team of the Year (United States Small Level Department) was presented to Officer Christopher C. Hester & K-9 Sledge, Mooresville Police Department, Indiana and Deputy Cody W. St.John & K-9 Daino, Morgan County Sheriff;s Department, Indiana. The 2017 A.P.C.A. President’s Award for Narcotics Interdiction Team of the Year was presented to Officer Kenneth L. Williams & K-9 Mojo, Hobart Police Department, Indiana. The 2017 A.P.C.A. President’s Award for Patrol Dog Team of the Year (United States Large Level Department) was presented to Deputy Lennie B. Rivera & K-9 Storm, Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina. In closing, I wish to extend the American Police Canine Association’s heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the many law enforcement agencies, individuals and companies that made the 2017 National Training Conference a truly great training experience. Your hard work and commitment in presenting a forever memorable conference is one in which you and our association can be proud of. We salute each and everyone of you. Thank you again. To our law enforcement brothers and sisters, be vigilant and stay safe as you wear the badge. Until we meet again, keep training those dogs! Sincerest Regards, Mike Johnson, President American Police Canine Association
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A.P.C.A. 2017 National Training Conference…. and Association News.
The 2017 A.P.C.A National Training Conference is less than two months away. This year’s conference will be hosted by the Knox County Sheriff’s Department and the Vincennes Police Department in Vincennes, Indiana. The conference dates are scheduled for September 24-28, 2017. This year’s conference offers exceptional training instruction for our attending members. In attendance will be Ron Lightenberg, one of the Netherlands leading K-9 Decoy Instructors; Sheriff Mike Neal of the Monroe County Arkansas Sheriff’s Department, The Lake County Aviation Unit and A.P.C.A. Master Trainers and Trainers for this year’s conference.
Two lodging facilities have been designated for room reservation accommodations for this year’s conference. The primary lodging facility is the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 2720 Battery Road, Vincennes, Indiana 47591. Lodging rates are $95.00 per night which includes breakfast. To reserve a room call 812-886-6333. Approximately fifty-five (55) rooms have been reserved for the A.P.C.A. Lodging reservations at this facility are approaching half of the vacancy limit. If you plan on reserving a room at this facility, please make your reservations immediately to ensure lodging accommodations. The Comfort Suites, 2555 Hart Street, Vincennes, Indiana 47591 will be the secondary lodging facility. Lodging rates are $90.00 per night which includes breakfast. To reserve a room call 812-882-2244. Approximately thirty (30) rooms have been reserved for the A.P.C.A.
This year’s conference will offer numerous training opportunities which will include basic and advance problem-solving, tactical scenario training, classroom instruction and A.P.C.A. certifications. A public K-9 demonstration will also be given by the A.P.C.A. for the Vincennes/ Knox County Community at the high school football stadium during the conference. The annual A.P.C.A. Awards Dinner will be held on the evening of September 28, 2017 in which this year’s honors will be presented to selected recipients. For those members who are considering applying for the 2017 President’s Awards, members should submit their information to the president no later that September 1, 2017. All activity conducted from September 1, 2016 through September 1, 2017 is eligible for consideration in being selected for this year’s A.P.C.A. President’s Awards. The annual A.P.C.A. General Membership Meeting will be held on Monday, September, 25, 2017 at 8:00am. During this meeting the association will conduct an election of offices for the following Executive Board Positions: Vice President, Secretary, Membership Chairman, Director #1 and Director #3. Those persons elected by the general membership will serve their respective offices for a three (3) year term.
Each of our membership should be receiving their association paid subscription of Police K-9 Magazine. The A.P.C.A. Executive Board voted during the Spring Meeting to pay for A.P.C.A. members to receive six (6) issues of Police K-9 Magazine for twelve months which started with the April 2017 Issue. In addition, K-9 Cop Magazine will also be sending our members six (6) issues for twelve months during the same subscription period. This is a twelve issue value at no charge to you. If you are not receiving your issues please contact A.P.C.A President Mike Johnson at email@example.com to have your future copies forwarded to you.or by email at
Our association wishes to congratulate two of our members for an outstanding highway drug seizure arrest which occurred in Morgan County, Indiana on July 15, 2017:
Deputy Cody St. John & K-9 Daino, Morgan County Sheriff’s Department and Officer Christopher Hester & K-9 Sledge, Mooresville Police Department conducted a traffic stop on I-70 in Morgan County, Indiana at the 53-mile marker. Officers conducted an interdiction traffic stop, in which a K-9 alerted to a vehicle in which 31,000 vape tubes containing THC were discovered. The drugs were determined to have a street value of 1.25 million dollars. A 33-year-old New York driver was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. The driver is being held in the Morgan County Jail.
One of the biggest tragedies which can happen to any handler and their department is the loss of police service dogs becoming the victims to heat related deaths as the result of being left in police vehicles unintentionally by their handlers. As I have addressed this on numerous occasions, “One time is too many”. Twelve to fifteen K-9’s are lost each year across the country, which in almost all cases makes national headlines when these incidents occur. During the months of July 2017, two additional K-9’s died tragically, K-9 Aron on July 2, 2017 in Mississippi and K-9 Mojo on July 7, 2017 in Indiana, in which both were left in their vehicle, one died at the handler’s residence and the second died at the handler’s department. It is the “Biggest Sin” we as handlers can commit, to “walk away from a vehicle and leaving your dog in it to die an excruciating death”. We as law enforcement handlers must remain vigilant in keeping a close watch on all partners, either at the department, at home or during training. Vehicles air conditioning units can and do fail without the handler knowing. Departments and K-9 Handlers should ensure that they have adequate and operational heat alarm sensors in the vehicle and that they are routinely checked to ensure they function properly when a crisis arises. Windows should also be cracked during high-temperature months in the event systems fail, so that heat can dissipate from the vehicle in order to give the K-9 some relief from the heat build up. K-9’s have only minutes to survive when these events occur. I am asking each and every K-9 Officer in law enforcement to take every measure available to you to ensure that your K-9 and you don’t become victim’s of this too often and frequent tragedy. This life changing event is painful for the handler, the department, the family and the communities they serve when another K-9 death again makes national headlines that affect us all and creating a scar that will not erase.
The American Police Canine Association continues to grow tremendously in which 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 this year’s 2017 A.P.C.A National Conference in Vincennes, Indiana.
Stay safe and keep training those dogs!
Mike Johnson, President
American Police Canine Association
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. 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
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. 2017 SNIFF OFF TIMES 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! Sincerest Regards, Mike Johnson, President American Police Canine Association
The President’s Perspective
A.P.C.A. News and Upcoming Events…. As we have turned the page and entered into a new year, our association is off to a great start for 2017 in preparation for three excellent training seminars for our membership. Our hosting agencies are working diligently in completing the many details prior to welcoming our teams to each of this years events. The 2017 A.P.C.A. Sniff Off will be held March 3-4, 2017 in Vincennes, Indiana and hosted by the Vincennes Police Department. Registration and event information is posted on this website. Three meals and seminar shirts will be provided by the A.P.C.A during the event. Raffle prize items will also be awarded during the event. If you have not yet registered, please reserve your hotel reservations immediately as rooms are limited. The A.P.C.A. Executive Board will conduct it’s Spring Meeting on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 3:00pm at the Holiday Inn Express, 2720 Battery Road, Vincennes, Indiana. Those members who will be unable to attend should contact association President, Mike Johnson prior to March 1, 2017. On additional business notes, the association wishes to extend its sincerest appreciation to Master Trainer Charles Kirchner for his many years of service as a member of the association’s Accreditation Board. Charles Kirchner submitted his formal letter of resignation as a board member on January 1st due to his many commitments. President Mike Johnson has appointed A.P.C.A. Master Trainer Al Gill as a replacement member to the Accreditation Board in filling this vacancy. Also, as a reminder to all Master Trainers and Trainers…please be sure to submit your annual resume updates to A.P.C.A. Accreditation Chairman Richard P. Ryan, 7505 W. Silo Drive, Frankfort, Illinois 60423 or email at RPRyansr@comcast.net. A second copy is to be forwarded to A.P.C.A. Secretary Shawn S. Mayer, Scott County Sheriff’s Department, 111 S. 1st Street, Scottsburg, Indiana 47170 or email at Mayer@scottcountysheriff.org Resumes must postmarked and received no later than January 31, 2017. For those applicants applying for Master Trainer or Trainer’s accreditation, all packages must be received by the A.P.C.A Accreditation Chairman and the Secretary no later than January 24, 2017. All packages must be submitted within 90 days of the convening of the accreditation board per accreditation rules. The final spring accreditation board will convene during the A.P.C.A Spring Seminar on April 23, 2017 at 6:00pm at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Concord, North Carolina. The A.P.C.A North Carolina Spring Seminar will be held the week of April 24-28, 2017 in Concord, North Carolina. This year’s host is the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina. This year’s seminar promises to be an outstanding conference. We hope you mark your calendars and make plans to attend this year’s east coast event. Registration and hotel information is posted on this website. In regard to the 2017 A.P.C.A. National Training Conference there have been some changes for this year’s event. Due to financial and logistics considerations, the national planning committee has made the decision to relocate this year’s event to Knox County, Indiana. The Knox County Sheriff’s Department will be the hosting agency for this years conference which will be held September 24-28, 2017. Registration and Event information will soon be posted on this website. Each of our members should have received their 2017 Membership Dues notices in the mail. Membership dues are due by January 31, 2017. If you have not received them please contact A.P.C.A. Membership Chairman Rick Queen at Marick4400@gmail.com We look forward to seeing each of you during 2017 and hope that you will make plans to attend this years offerings. Stay safe and keep training those dogs! Sincerest Regards, Mike Johnson, President American Police Canine Association
The President’s Perspective
2016 A.P.C.A. National Training Conference in Review… Our association members which attended this year’s 2016 National Training Conference gave outstanding marks to this years event. The annual conference was held September 25-29, 2016 in which the diversity of training areas, lodging accommodations, meals and classroom presentations were considered by them to be exceptional. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation to our hosting agencies, the Bedford Police Department and the Lawrence County Police Department in the planning and coordination of an impressive National Conference. A big thanks to this year’s 2016 Conference Planning Team; Mike Johnson Andrew Phillips, Jeremy Bridges, Jesse Crane, Harvey Holt, Tim Miller, Sheriff Michael Branham, Chief Dennis Parsley and Assistant Chief Joseph Dewees for giving many hours and attending numerous meetings that were required in carrying out this year long effort. We would like to recognize and thank the Indiana Department of Natural Resources – Division of State Parks and Reservoirs, Indiana Conservation Officers and the Lake County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit in providing agency personnel and training support services. Also, to our business sponsors who we owe a debt of gratitude for the many financial contributions and physical resources that were donated in making this a first class training event. Special thanks to this years conference presenters, Special Electronic Inc. (SEI), Sheriff Michael Neal and Attorney John M. Peters for presentations they provided during the week. Also a big thanks and hats off to the members of the Psi Iota Xi Beta Lambda Chapter, who prepared over 1400 individual meals for this years conference. Everyone loved the meals that were provided. This year’s conference was kicked off at the Fourwinds Resort and Marina with a Hog Roast cookout under the “Big Top” overlooking beautiful Lake Monroe. One hundred and fifty guests were in attendance. One hundred and fifteen K-9 Teams from around the nation were in attendance for an full week of training offerings that included Narcotics Detection, Explosives Detection, Aggression Control Training, Tracking, Felony Vehicle Extractions, Felony Vehicle Stops, Night K9 Helicopter Area Search Insertions, K9 Firing Range Obstacle Course, Shoot / Don’t Shoot K9 Building Entry in low light environments, Daytime K9/Helo Forest Insertions, Explosive Devices Identification, K9 / SWAT Helicopter Assault Deployments with Sim-munition Training, Legal Updates Presentation and the Arkansas Shooting Incident Presentation. The association also conducted several business meetings during the conference. The Accreditation Committee convened for annual business and Master Trainer / Trainer Applicant Interviews. The committee approved Michael L. Arthur, Martinsville Police Department Indiana for Master Trainer accreditation in Tracking K9 Teams. Melissa C. Newman, Grant County Sheriff’s Office Kentucky was approved for Trainer’s accreditation in Cadaver Detection and Tracking K9 Teams. Joshua C. Burke, Vincennes Police Department Indiana was approved for Trainer’s accreditation in Narcotics Detection. Sean Pasley, Rhode Island State Police was approved for Trainers accreditation in Explosives Detection. Congratulations to each of these individuals and welcome to the association’s training staff. We look forward to working with you at future upcoming conferences. In matters pertaining to accreditation business, the committee voted to conduct future Accreditation Committee interviews for Master Trainer / Trainer’s accreditation once per year during the annual A.P.C.A. National Conference. This decision will take effect in September 2017 starting at the 2017 National Conference. The Accreditation Committee also issued a decision to authorize associate member K9 teams certifications in all non-aggression discipline areas. This decision was effective September 25, 2016. The committee also reminded the association that beginning January 1, 2017 all aggression control certifications will be conducted with either body suit or hidden sleeve. Exposed sleeves will not be authorized in any A.P.C.A. aggression control certification. In Executive Board business, the President appointed a five panel bylaws committee in August 2016 to review the association’s bylaws. The bylaws were reviewed and recommendations were made by the committee. During the 2016 Fall Executive Board meeting, the bylaws committee submitted their recommendations to the association’s President, Mike Johnson for approval and signing by the President and the Executive Board. The bylaws were reviewed and approved unanimously by the President and the Executive Board. The bylaws recommendations were then presented to the association membership the following day at the Annual General Membership Meeting on September 26, 2016. The new bylaws recommendations were unanimously approved by the general membership and are now effective as of September 26, 2016. Election of Offices were also conducted during the General Membership Meeting for the offices of President, Secretary, Membership Chairman, Director #1 and Director #3. Election results are as follows: Mike Johnson was re-elected as President, Shawn Mayer was re-elected for Secretary, Rick Queen was elected as Membership Chairman, Michael Vaccaro was re-elected as Director #1 and Scott Adam was reelected as Director #3. Each of these officers will serve a three-year term as is outlined in the Bylaws. Congratulations to each of our newly sworn office holders. We look forward to working with you on the Executive Board. On a personal note, I wish to extend the associations appreciation and gratitude to our former Membership Chairman Andrew L. Phillips, who did a phenomenal job in serving as association’s Membership Chairman. As most of our members are unaware, Andrew has been dealing with a family medical emergency which has required much of his time in caring for his father. Andrew Phillips made the decision to decline seeking elected office due to his fathers condition. On a sad note, Andrews father passed away on October 6, 2016. We ask that you keep Andrew and his family in your thoughts and prayers in this difficult time for them. Nominations for the 2017 National Conference were also taken from the floor during the 2016 General Membership Meeting. The membership again elected the Bedford Police Department and Lawrence County Police Department as the hosting Agencies for next years conference. The 2017 National Conference will be held September 24-28, 2017. Please mark your calendars early and make plans to attend next years event. The national conference concluded on the evening of September 28, 2016 with the annual Awards Dinner. This year’s Keynote Speaker was Dr. Fred W. Johnson, Founder & CEO of Initiative One, Green Bay, Wisconsin. This year’s conference theme was “Serving a Nation”. Dr. Johnson presented an outstanding address to the audience, emphasizing the importance of law enforcement’s crucial and valuable role in our society, in which he addressed the current social crisis in America, with emphasis as to the short and long term impact on the law enforcement profession and those officers who have taken the oath in serving a nation. The A.P.C.A. Awards Committee Chairman, Scott Adam, A.P.C.A. President Mike Johnson and Vice President Denny Kunkel presented twenty-one awards to this year’s nominated recipients. Eleven (11) law enforcement awards and ten (10) business sponsorship awards were presented. A complete list of all awards recipients can be found in the APCA Awards section of this website. Deputy Brandon W. Surratt & K-9 Hyco Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina 2016 Executive Board Award for Uncommon Valor in the Line of Duty
Deputy Cody W. St. John & K-9 Daino Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana 2016 President’s Award Narcotics Detection Team of the Year (United States Small Level Department)
Officer Kenneth L. Williams & K-9 Mojo Hobart Police Department, Indiana 2016 President’s Award Narcotics Interdiction Team of the Year (United States Medium Level Department)
Sergeant Austin T. Spell & K-9 Una Corporal Jamie Renfroe & K-9 Roby Corporal Shane T. Keith & K-9 Ruger Florence County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina 2016 President’s Award Narcotics Interdiction Team of the Year (United States Large Level Department)
Sergeant Rick Queen, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Natural Resources Enforcement, Cherokee, North Carolina 2016 Excellence in Service Award
Bedford Police Department, Indiana 2016 Executive Board Citation Award
Lawrence County Police Department, Indiana 2016 Executive Board Citation Award
Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana Aviation Unit 2016 Executive Board Citation Award
Indiana Conservation Officers 2016 Executive Board Citation Award
Lastly and most importantly, the association wishes to thank each of our Master Trainers, Trainers and special instructors who assisted at this year’s conference. Also a special thanks to A.P.C.A photographers Beth Lybarger and Jessica Hester for all their hard work and wonderful photography they took during the conference. For those members who could not attend, we hope to see you next year as we will have another outstanding conference planned for you. To our members, thank you for your service and for all you do not only in your agencies, your communities but also for the American Police Canine Association. Please continue to remain safe and vigilant in your duties and in quoting Deputy Brandon W. Surrat during award ceremonies remarks “Keep in the fight, go home at night.” As President, I wish to thank you in “Serving a Nation”. Sincerest Regards, Mike Johnson, President American Police Canine Association
K-9 Handler Tim Brackeen K-9 Officer Tim Brackeen was shot on Saturday, September 10, 2016 as he attempted to arrest a wanted suspect for outstanding warrants. After a valiant fight, Officer Brackeen passed away from the injuries he sustained on Monday September 12, 2016. Tim was a member of the Shelby Police Department where he faithfully served his community for over 12 years. He was honored as “Officer of the Year” in 2012. Tim was active member of Faith Baptist Church where he served as an usher/security team member. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking and many outdoor activities. Tim leaves behind his wife of 18 years, Mikel Brackeen and his daughter, Daphney Brackeen. Tim also leaves behind his numerous brothers and sisters from the Shelby Police Department and his K-9 Partner, Ciko. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to: Shelby Police Department K9 Unit PO Box 207 Shelby, NC 28150 Funeral services for Officer Tim Brackeen will be Friday September 16th, 2016 at Shelby High School’s baseball stadium. The school is located at 230 East Dixon Boulevard, Shelby, NC 28150. Any K-9 Units East, North, or South of Shelby that would like to participate in the procession to the funeral will meet at 1245 hours at David Baptist Church. The church’s address is 2300 David Church Road in Kings Mountain, NC. The church is just off Highway 74 at the Stoney Point Road Exit. We will discuss details of our involvement in the funeral and cover any questions anyone has. We will then leave the church at 1300 hours and caravan to Shelby High School for the funeral. Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office will be providing a lead car for the procession to the funeral. Any K9 Units west of Shelby can meet at the baseball stadium at 1330 hours. Please let Captain Downey (704-747-2464) or K-9 Trainer Robbie Waldrop (704-674-1587) know how many K-9 teams your agency will be sending for planning purposes by 1800 hours this evening. The suspect, Irving Fenner, was located in Coventry, Rhode Island and peacefully taken into custody by the State Police. He is now facing 1st Degree Murder charges. The Cleveland County District Attorney plans to seek the death penalty. May 2016 The President’s Perspective The 2016 A.P.C.A North Carolina Spring Seminar in review… The 2016 Spring K-9 Seminar was held in Cherokee, North Carolina during the week of April 18-20, 2016. This years hosting agencies were the EBCI-Natural Resources Enforcement Department and the Cherokee, North Carolina Fire Department. Our heartfelt thanks to Sgt. Rick Queen, Captain Ken Maney, Lt. Jeremy Blankenship and Connie Cooper who did a phenomenal job in the planning and coordination of this years training conference! The lodging, meals and training venues provided were exceptional. The training week offered numerous training opportunities both in the field and in the classroom. The association also performed a Public K-9 Demonstration before the Cherokee Tribal Council and a K-9 Memorial Service for our fallen K-9 Sam, a APCA Arson Detection Dog. K-9 Sam was a member of the Cherokee, North Carolina Fire Department who passed away in 2015. This year’s conference was attended by thirty K-9 teams from the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Indiana. The week’s training consisted of basic problem solving, classroom instruction and certifications. A big APCA thanks to Mr. Patrick Patten, Tactical Woodland Operations School and APCA Master Trainer Rich Ryan, who presented classroom instruction to our attending teams during the week. The APCA Accreditation Board also convened for accreditation business and Master Trainer / Trainer Applicant Interviews. The Accreditation Board approved Kevin J. Osuch, Matthews Police Department, NC a Master Trainer Accreditation in Tracking Teams. The Board also approved Matthew R. Harris, Gaston County Police Department, NC and Christopher L. Graham, Kings Mountain Police Department, NC a Trainers Accreditation in Patrol / Narcotics Detection Teams. Congratulations to each of these individuals and welcome to the APCA Instruction Team. We look forward to working with you at future association training events. The Accreditation Board approved new certification rules pertaining to the Aggression Control Certification. Beginning January 1, 2017: All Aggression Control Certifications shall utilize only the body suit or the hidden sleeve as authorized bite equipment in the certification. The certifying Master Trainer’s discretion will dictate the type of approved equipment to be used in the certification. Exposed bite sleeves will not be allowed to be utilized in the certification beginning on this date. A second approved change that will take effect at the 2016 National Conference: All applicants will obtain a critique sheet and have them completed by a Master Trainer they are assigned to. It will be the trainees responsibility to maintain and submit the critique sheets in their respective applicant packets to the Accreditation Board in which they will appear for future applicant interviews. In addition, all applicants will be mandated to attend one lecture class per year and have the critique sheet completed by the instructor. The association is now gearing up for the 2016 APCA National Conference in Bedford, Indiana. The conference will be hosted during the week of September 25-29, 2016. Each member should have received a registration letter and registration form which was mailed to each of our members. We urge each of you to book your room reservations immediately as the hotel has been booked todate at 75% capacity. Room accommodations at the Four winds Lakeside Inn and Marina, the primary hotel, are limited to 104 rooms. Teams not securing these rooms will be required to commute or seek alternative hotels that are located 20 minutes from the Primary hotel. So book your rooms now!! This year’s conference promises to be a first rate event that will offer numerous nationally renown guest speakers, exceptional training venues, great lodging, great food and networking opportunities. We plan to see you there! Sincerest Regards, Mike Johnson, President American Police Canine Association
March 2016 The President’s Perspective The A.P.C.A….It’s your association…Get involved in 2016. As your elected president…I would like to say that our association is off to a great start as we enter 2016. There are two upcoming events in the spring and fall which are being planned and coordinated for our membership, which we hope you will register for and attend this year. As we all can attest, winter months challenge K-9 Units as they continue to maintain their proficiency training in cold and inclement weather conditions….and more often than not, can affect their motivation to train in these adverse environments. Now is the time to get the engines kick started and get involved in this year’s training offerings. The twelfth annual A.P.C.A. K-9 “Sniff-Off” was held on the weekend of March 4-5, 2016 in Crown Point, Indiana. Congratulations and our many thanks to the Crown Point Police Department’s K-9 Unit of Jeff Eldridge, Stanko Gligic and Dave Wilkins who put on a second straight year of nothing but a first class performance. This year’s event kicked off at the Radisson Hotel with a Friday night “knock your socks off, all you could eat buffet”. The attending members and participants enjoyed an evening of catching up and fellowship prior to the next day’s narcotics trial competition. The competition began at 8:00am on Saturday morning with over fifty persons in attendance in which breakfast was served during the “Rules Briefing”. The event field consisted of twenty- four narcotics detection teams and was very competitive throughout the day with only hundredths of seconds separating the standings. This year’s judges were Master Trainer Denny Kunkel , Master Trainer Scott Adam, Master Trainer Roger Reardon, Master Trainer Doug Ayres, APCA Secretary Shawn Mayer and Joshua Burke, Vincennes P.D. Our Sniff-Off Event photographer was Master Trainer Robert Lewis. This year’s honors went to the top three teams which were presented by A.P.C.A President Mike Johnson and Vice President Denny Kunkel. The 2016 “Sniff-Off” Champion Team Award was presented to Kevin J. Garber Jr. & K-9 Mojo, Hobart Police Department with a competition time of 5 minutes 4891 seconds. The Second Runner-Up Team Award was taken by Jesse L. Crane & K-9 Maximus, Bedford Police Department with a competition time of 6 minutes 6997 seconds. The Semi-Finalist Team Award went to Kenny L. Williams & K-9 Mojo, Hobart Police Department with a competition time of 7 minutes 2066 seconds. Congratulations to each of these finalist at this year’s “Sniff-Off” challenge! Most importantly, we wish to thank the many business sponsors who donated free food and services to the association in hosting this training event. The association’s Executive Board convened for it’s spring business meeting on March 4, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville, Indiana. Several business issues were discussed and decided upon by the board. Election of Offices for the positions of Accreditation Chairman and Director #5 were also conducted. Membership election ballots were unsealed and counted by the A.P.C.A. Election Committee in which the results elected Richard P. Ryan as Accreditation Chairman and Simon Gresser as Director #5. Each of these officers will serve for a three year term until their offices expire. Congratulations to Rich and Simon. The Executive Board also unanimously recommended the all associate membership to certify under the association certification rules that pertained to any non-aggression areas, which will also include Search & Rescue Team Certifications. This Executive Board recommendation will be brought before the General Membership Meeting during the 2016 National Conference on September 26th for a final vote by the membership. If approved by the membership certification of associate members will be in effect on that date. There is still time to register for the 2016 A.P.C.A. North Carolina Spring Seminar! For those that love the outdoors and breathtaking scenery, this year’s location is in hills of the Great Smokey Mountains. Our hosting agency is the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Natural Resource Enforcement in Cherokee, North Carolina. The event will be held April 18-20, 2016. Training will include hands on field training, classroom instruction and annual A.P.C.A. certifications. Seminar Coordinators Captain Ken Maney and Sergeant Rick Queen have been involved in months of planning for this annual training event. This event promises to be a first rate training seminar in which the red carpet treatment is being provided to our attending member teams and guests. We encourage you to register for this event as it has been given the attention to every detail. It is an event you will be glad you attended. Event and registration information is posted on this website. Hope to see you each of you in North Carolina! The A.P.C.A. Accreditation Board will convene during the Spring Seminar on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the Quality Inn, 2807 US 74 East, Sylva, North Carolina 28779 at 6:00pm. The Accreditation Board will conduct accreditation board applicant reviews for those applicants appearing for Master Trainer and Trainer Accreditations during this meeting. Planning is underway for the 2016 A.P.C.A. National Conference to be hosted by the Bedford Police Department and the Lawrence County Police Department in Bedford, Indiana. Conference dates are September 25-29, 2016. Conference information and registration forms will be available on this website in the next few weeks. This event promises to provide exceptional K-9 problem solving and numerous street based scenario training venues which will be challenging and educating for this year’s participants. This is an event that you do not want to miss. Mark your calendars now as September will soon be here! A big A.P.C.A. congratulations to the following certified K-9 teams who recently completed a three month law enforcement patrol dog / narcotics detection training program. Congratulations to Captain Richard J. Wehrman & K-9 Xraith – Knox County Sheriff’s Department; Deputy Mark E. Wilson & K-9 Citar – Morgan County Sheriff’s Department; Deputy Richard J. Clayton & K-9 Lega – Morgan County Sheriff’s Department; Deputy Cody W. StJohn & K-9 Daino – Morgan County Sheriff’s Department; Deputy Edson E. Westgate & K-9 Behr – Owen County Sheriff’s Department; Deputy Damon N. Baker & K-9 Virka – Martin County Sheriff’s Department; Officer Case A. Cummings & K-9 Diesel – Washington Police Department; Officer Jerry R.C. Bertelsen & K-9 Cid – Martinsville Police Department; and Michelle R. Weaver & K-9 Kimber – Bloomfield, IN. Left to Right: Ed Westgate & K9 Behr, Jesse Crane & K9 Maximus, Mark Wilson & K9 Citar, Richard Clayton & K9 Lega, Jerry Bertelsen & K9 Cid, Case Cummings & K9 Diesel, Michelle Weaver & K9 Kimber Left to Right: APCA Trainer Michael Arthur, Mark Wilson & K9 Citar, Jesse Crane & K9 Maximus, Richard Clayton & K9 Lega, Richard Wehrman & K9 Xraith, Michelle Weaver & K9 Kimber, Damon Baker & K9 Virka, APCA Master Trainer Mike Johnson Membership Dues Reminder! For those members who have not submitted their 2016 Membership Dues, please mail them to the Membership Chairman. For those who have submitted their dues, you will soon be receiving a wallet size 2016 laminated dues card at your mailing address. We welcome our newest members to our association: Case Cummings, Louis Salinaro, Edson Westgate, Jerry Bertelsen, Lucus Harmon and Tyler Ramsey. Our membership continues to grow monthly consisting of highly trained and professional law enforcement K-9 teams from all four corners of the nation. With this being said, we as an organization are beginning to expand our seminar and conference locations so that all of our membership can access and host upcoming training events in their regions of the the country. The A.P.C.A. has evolved into a highly professional and accredited organization in which many, many individuals and department’s are to be thanked and commended. Without their commitment and hard work in stepping up and taking on the required responsibilities, none of this would exist. To each of you, we are indebted for your service and valued contributions in making this a first class association. Organizations in order to fulfill their mission statement and existence, require individuals to make commitments. It’s more than just paying membership dues and being a card carrying member and adopting a position “that’s my contribution”. It’s being part of something that makes a positive difference in our lives and the lives of others we serve….. a part of belonging to something that is larger than any of ourselves and that defines who we are and our value system. It’s being part of and involved in a professional law enforcement affiliation whose mission is to provide education and training to those who protect and serve our nation’s citizens, their freedoms and the American way of life. Each of you make a difference, get involved!! Sincerest Regards, Mike Johnson, President American Police Canine Association December, 2015 The President’s Perspective Jeremy Blankenship & K-9 Sam Cherokee, North Carolina Fire Department The American Police Canine Association is deeply saddened that Sam passed away tonight due to un for seen medical complications. Sam had one arson conviction under him and one pending in short time Jeremy Blankenship had Sam. Sam was a awesome partner please pray for them. Deputy Brandon Surratt & K-9 Hyco, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina On October 21, 2015 Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported carjacking at a Dollar General Store on Highway 24 in Townville. Four suspects were believed to be involved in the crime. Deputies located the suspect vehicle and initiated a vehicle pursuit which led to the intersection of New Prospect Church Road. The suspects then ran from the vehicle on foot at which time Deputy Surratt released K-9 Hyco to engage the fleeing suspects. One of the suspects fired several shots at K-9 Hyco, striking him with numerous rounds as K-9 Hyco gave chase of the suspect at the rear of a building. K-9 Hyco was transported to a local Animal Hospital in attempts to save his life, in which he died a short time later. K-9 Hyco received full police honors in which he was laid to rest. Several hundred officers and members of the community and the American Police Canine Association were in attendance. K-9 Hyco’s action’s were nothing less than heroic. He will be honored by this association as a true hero and is an inspiration to our law enforcement K-9 profession. Deputy Brandon Surratt and K-9 Hyco served as a K-9 Team together for six years. The team received a A.P.C.A. President’s Award for Professional Excellence in 2012 after obtaining a level III trailing certification. The team was certified in Patrol and Narcotics Detection. The American Police Canine Association will present its highest and most distinguished honor to Deputy Surratt and K-9 Hyco on September 28, 2016 at the the 2016 American Police Canine Association National Conference. The Uncommon Valor in the Line of Duty will be presented to this team for their heroic actions of October 21, 2015 in which K-9 Hyco, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office gave the ultimate sacrifice which will never be forgotten. K-9 Hyco, may you rest in peace and to Brandon, may God bless you and give you comfort in your time of loss and sorrow. The Upcoming Events Schedule is being lined up for 2016. Three training events have been posted on our website in which registration information is now available to our viewers. We encourage you to register early for these events that you are interested in attending. The 2016 A.P.C.A. Sniff-Off will be hosted by the Crown Point Police Department on March 5, 2016. Our Coordinators, Jeff Eldridge, Stanko Gligic and Dave Wilkins are laying out the red carpet again for this years attendees. If you like a buffet spread, these guys can’t be beat!! Tons of the best food you’ll ever get your hands on! Last year was amazing. Great conference and professionally done. Looking forward to this March! The Executive Board and the Accreditation Board will convene its annual Spring Meeting during this event. Election results will also be decided during this meeting for the offices of Accreditation Chairman and Director Position #5. Each of our regular membership should have received an unmarked ballot which was mailed to you by our membership chairman. We ask each of you to be sure to cast your ballot for the candidate of your choice and mail to the Election Chairman no later than February 28, 2016 so that your vote will be received and counted by the Election Committee at the 2016 Spring Meeting. The 2016 A.P.C.A. North Carolina Spring Seminar will be conducted on April 18-20, 2016 in Cherokee, North Carolina. Our hosting agencies for this years seminar are the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Natural Resource Enforcement Department and the Cherokee Fire Department. This event promises to be an exceptional training opportunity for our membership. Captain Kenneth Maney and Sergeant Rick Queen will be this year’s conference Coordinators. The event will offer problem solving, street based scenario training, classroom lectures and A.P.C.A. Certifications. We hope to see you in the Smokey Mountain Region this Spring! Each of our members will soon be receiving their 2016 A.P.C.A. Membership Dues notice in the mail from our membership chairman. Please be sure to remit your dues no later than January 31, 2016. Annual dues are $50.00 per member and may be paid payable to the American Police Canine Association. A big A.P.C.A. Welcome to our newest association members! We would like to welcome the each of you a dynamic and growing professional association. Welcome to David Godfrey, Dennis Roberts, Troy Bodinc, Daniel Osborne, Darin Cook, Steve Morgan, Gary Mattingly, Christopher Watkins, Scott Cornelison, James Wright, Robert Morgan, Melissa Newman, Jason Haycox, Michael Mitchell, Lee Stanley, Kelly Schroeder, James Goodwin, Joseph Cotterman, Aaron Crawford, Sutton Flick, Douglas Leonard, Cody StJohn and Michelle Weaver. Sincerest Regards, Mike Johnson, President American Police Canine Association
September, 2015 The President’s Perspective 2015 A.P.C.A. National Conference in Review……… Congratulations to the City of New Haven, Indiana and the New Haven Police Department in hosting a phenomenal 2015 A.P.C.A. National Conference that was held September 20-24th. This conference was exceptional in the many training opportunities that were provided both on the field and in the classroom. More than two years of planning were involved in which every small detail was prepared for. Our association extends it’s heartfelt thanks, to New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald, New Haven Chief of Police Henry McKinnon, Executive Assistant to the Mayor / 2015 National Coordinator) Deb-Anne Smith, Sgt. Brent Bolinger (2015 National Coordinator), Administrative Assistant Jen Blackburn, Officer Scott Adam and OfficerJonathan Wenzel. We are indebted to each of them for the thousands of hours they unselfishly gave in providing a top rated training conference for this year’s participants. It is indeed one that has forever raised the standard. This year’s conference was attended by one hundred and thirty five members from eleven states. Guest presenters for the week included Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Bomb Tech Booz Moise (FBI Recognition Course), Special Agent Jason Livingston (Unclassified Overview of Terrorism), Rhode Island State Police (Retired), Roger J. Reardon (Boston Marathon Bombing Case Brief), Attorney John M. Peters (K9 Legal Seminar) and Edward McKaig, D.V.M.(Emergency Vet Care Presentation). APCA Conference; New Haven, Indiana K-9 Operations and the Law Field training included problem solving and certifications, K-9 Boat Deployments, Helicopter Insertion Training with suspect and open area narcotics searches and explosive detection training with peroxides.The association wishes to thank the Lake County Sheriff’s Department aviation unit and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for their invaluable support for this weeks training event. Two notable highlights for this year’s conference were the National Awards Dinner and the Public K-9 Demonstration. Nationally renown speaker, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke presented this year’s key note address entitled “Law Enforcement in Today’s World” during this year’s awards ceremonies. Sheriff Clarke was also presented the Key to the City of New Haven by Mayor Terry McDonald. Our association wishes to extend its deepest appreciation to Sheriff Clarke for taking time in his public schedule to give this year’s impressive and important address. The association also performed a public K-9 Demonstration at New Haven High School before a packed crowd. The ninth annual national awards dinner was held on the final night of the conference with over two hundred guests in attendance. Seventeen recipients were presented awards for exemplary professional achievement. 2015 Executive Board Citation Awards went to New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald, New Haven Police Department, Deb-Anne Smith, Sgt. Brent Bolinger, Jen Blackburn, Scott Adam, Officer Jonathan Wenzel and Lake County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit. Executive Board Citation Awards for Excellence in Service Awards were presented to Roger Reardon, Rhode Island State Police (Retired) and Captain Jeremy Bridges, Bedford Police Department, IN. The Accreditation Board Professional Excellence Award was presented to Roger Reardon, Rhode Island State Police (Retired) in recognition as a Master Trainer in Patrol, Explosives and Narcotics Detection. The 2015 Narcotics Interdiction Team of the year was presented to Officer Todd M. Bradshaw & K-9 Rafa, Pineville Police Department, NC (United States Department of Homeland Security). The 2015 Patrol Dog Team of the Year (United States Large Level Department) was presented to Deputy Lennie B. Rivera & K-9 Storm, Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, NC. The 2015 Narcotics Detection Team of the Year (United States Large Level Department) was presented to Sgt. William P. Downey & K-9 Indio, Gaston County Police Department, NC. Deputy Shawn S. Mayer & K-9 Arina, Scott County Sheriff’s Department, IN received the 2015 Narcotics Detection Team of the Year (United States Small Level Department). Officer Kevin J. Garber Jr. & K-9 Butch, Hobart Police Department, IN received the 2015 Patrol Dog Team of the Year (United States Medium Level Department). The evenings final award was presented to Officer Kenneth L. Williams & K-9 Mojo, Hobart Police Department, IN for 2015 Narcotics Detection Team of the Year (United States Medium Level Department). Congratulations to each of the individuals and K-9 Partners. The final anticipated moment of the awards dinner was the association’s raffle prize drawing. Three awards winner were drawn for $7,500.00 in raffle prize money by Sheriff David Clarke for the winning officer’s department’s K-9 Program funding. The first place prize in the amount of $5,000.00 went to Vice President Denny A. Kunkel, Georgetown Police Department, IN. Second place prize in the amount of $1,500.00 went to Officer Rick Queen, Cherokee NRE, NC. Third place price in the amount of $1,000.00 went to Officer Derrick Devine, Washington Police Department, IN. On September 21, 2015 the American Police Canine Association conducted it’s annual General Membership Meeting at the Holiday Inn Express, Fort Wayne, Indiana. The association held it’s election of expired office terms. Offices for election were that of Accreditation Chairman, Grievance Chairman and Director #5. For the Accreditation Chairman’s position, the members nominated Robert Lewis and Richard Ryan for the office. For Director #5 members nominated Simon Gresser and Brent Bolinger. For Grievance Chairman, members nominated and voted unanimously for Roger Reardon. Roger Reardon was sworn in as Grievance Chairman during the meeting for a three year term as being uncontested. Within thirty (30) days of the General Membership Meeting held on September 21st, the A.P.C.A. Membership Chairman per the association’s bylaws will forward election ballots to regular members for the purposes of casting their ballots for the contested offices of Accreditation Chairman and Position #5. Instructions will be provided as to the marking and mailing of the ballots. The received ballots will be opened at the 2016 Spring Executive Board Meeting in which the winning candidate will be announced and notified to accept the office until their expired term. Bids were also accepted on the floor to host the 2016 A.P.C.A. National Conference. Bedford, Indiana was unanimously accepted as the hosting location to be hosted by the Bedford Police Department and the Lawrence County Police Department. Conference dates are September 25-29, 2016. Other business……It is official. On September 2, 2015 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) granted and classified the American Police Canine Association as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. After a year of completing a required documentation process we have accomplished this important business which will be a great asset to the financial stability of our association. Special thanks to association Secretary Shawn S. Mayer who spent months completing this complex process and was the work horse that accomplished this objective for our association. Certification changes….the Accreditation Board approved a change in the Narcotic Detection Certification Standards. The change adopted is as follows: In addition to the five certification narcotic odors being required to certify in, a team may certify in additional narcotic odors if the handler supplies the odor wishing to be certified in. New North Carolina Seminar decision……the Accreditation Board approved new changes for future North Carolina’s Spring Seminars. The approved change is as follows: In the event a North Carolina Spring Training Seminar is not held for the years 2016 and 2017, the association will offer two certification workshops annually for certification purposes only at this association’s expense. There will be no charge to participating teams. Certification workshops will be held in the spring and the fall for two days each. The associaton will be responsible for all Master Trainers travel, lodging, car rental and per diem expenses. There must be a minimum of 10 teams prior to a Master Trainer being assigned to attend. For each additional 15 teams an additional Master Trainer will be assigned to attend. Per Diem will be established and paid by the association at $50.00 per day for expenses. In closing, 2015 has been an exceptional year for our association, as President I wish to thank each and every member for your support and contributions you have given in making this a proud and professional association which is dedicated to the mission of professional service, education and training. Sincerest Regards, Mike Johnson, President American Police Canine Association
July, 2015 The President’s Perspective Latest information for our membership……… Our association wishes to extend it’s sincerest heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the family of Master Trainer Robert C. Anderson, whose mother passed away in Florida during the month of June. We will continue to keep Bob and his family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Also we wish to extend our congratulations to Master Trainer Roger J. Reardon who recently retired from the Rhode Island State Police upon completing twenty-five years of service. Roger we wish you and your family the best in your upcoming retirement and hope you have a happy one. The National Conference is fast approaching and registrations have started coming in. We ask that you make your reservations early as we are expecting a high attendance at this year’s conference. This years keynote speaker is national renown Sheriff David Clarke, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Sheriff’s Department. This years event is set for September 20-24, 2015 and hosted by the New Haven, Indiana Police Department. Event and lodging information can be found on this website under the Upcoming Events Section. This is a conference you definitely don’t want to miss! For those members wishing to be considered for the A.P.C.A. President’s Awards, the review process concludes 09/01/15. All case activity information must be postmarked no later than 09/15/2015 to be eligible for consideration. Send summaries of activities to: A.P.C.A., Attn: President’s Awards, P.O. Box 382, Bedford, Indiana 47421. Those members wishing to submit letters of nomination for their fellow members for this year’s national awards should forward all correspondence no later than 07/29/15. Awards criteria can be found under the Awards Section of this website. Please forward nominations to: Awards Chairman, Master Trainer Scott Adam, 3308 Cedar Valley Drive, New Haven, Indiana 46774. During the month of May the association conducted annual certifications in Florence, South Carolina. The photos included in this monthly letter are a few selections that were taken during certifications which were held at the Darlington Motor Speed Way. K-9 Teams represented agencies from the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, Florence City Police Department and the Hartsville Police Department. Welcome aboard to our newest members in the month of June! We are pleased to have Joshua Russell, Wesley Carlisle, Joseph Johnston, Danny Comlin, Jeremy Johnson, Joseph Nicholas, Nathan Keener, Gilbert Fairman,Randy Thomas, Matthew Brunswick, Sam Crish, Michael Sarro, Ryan Barr, Charles Wirick, Brian Parker, Shawn Feldner, Keith Whan, Derrick Fort Sr., Matthew Vasel, Damien Maddox, Wilson Bishop, Anthony Dandurand, Damon Baker and Daniel Gazzola. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events. Until our next update, stay safe out there and keep trainin’ those dogs! Sincerest Regards, Mike Johnson, President American Police Canine Association