APCA K9 Training and Certification Workshop

APCA Certifications
Training and Certification workshop

November 19th-22nd, 2020

** Update **

As all are aware, Hurricane Delta resulted in the activation of Federal Resources, and many FEMA canine teams were deployed, thus resulting in a reschedule for the Fall Certification and Training Workshop at Muscatatuck. Conflict of dates prevented the use of the MUTC facility for rescheduling. However, fortunately, Grant County Sheriffs Office, Williamstown Police, and other departments in Grant County ( Williamstown and Dry Ridge, KY) have graciously saved the day. They have offered to host our rescheduled certifications.

Options for those registered:
* Full refund
*Transfer Registration to the November dates
* Transfer Registration to Spring Workshop at MUTC ( April 9-11)

FYI- April is training only and will not include certifications. However, we limit participant numbers to a max of 60( LE and SAR), and this event fills SUPER fast.
If you plan to attend in April, it is advised to transfer registration. (April MUTC registration will open in the next few weeks)

*Dates: Arrival and check-in Wednesday, November 18.
16:00 – Registration
18:00 Meet and Greet Dinner( complimentary)
19:00 Brief
Thursday, November 19- Sunday, November 22 Certs/ Training Venues 0900- 1600 ( it may be necessary to schedule certifications earlier or later)
Complimentary Meet and Greet dinner Wednesday evening @18:00

*2 full-body large HR sources
* Additional scenarios for both live find and HR Canines

Multiple hotels and cabin possibilities in nearby towns
Low-cost campgrounds in close proximity
Sheriff’s department is allowing the use of their parking lot for lodging- meaning those of you that utilize your vehicle are welcome to stay there.

We apologize we don’t have a central location that can house everyone, but we will be happy to assist in answering any questions you may have.

Again, our apologies for the reschedule, and thank you for your willingness to work with us.
Feel free to private message for additional information or any questions.

Details will be posted shortly at Canineconnectionllc.com

Thank you!
Debbie Triplett
(423) 838-0491

Certifications offered for:
Tracking, Trailing, Wilderness, Land and Water Human Remains, Wildlife Detection Certifications.

In conjunction with certifications, we also have on-site training.

The workshop begins Thursday, November 19 at 9:00 am. and will Conclude at 4:00 pm Sunday, November 22.

The event will be held in: Dry Ridge Kentucky

This event is Supported by: Williamstown and Dry Ridge Police Department and Grant County Sherriff Office.
212 Barnes Road Suite A, Williamstown, KY

Cost $300

*fee non-refundable


K9 Training and Certification Workshop

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Melissa Morgan Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal & Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky.  At the University, she is the Director of the Food Systems Innovation Center (FSIC) and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Food Science. Melissa’s research interests include pre- and post-harvest food safety and quality control. In recent years this worked has evolved to included activities to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from non-routine emergencies resulting from intentional and non-intentional contamination affecting food products. Melissa’s teaching program includes traditional classes in Food Microbiology, Food Sanitation, Foodborne Pathogens, and Veterinary Medical Terminology (online), in addition to a robust program in undergraduate student research and internships.

Melissa has been involved in working and training scent detecting dogs for over 20 years. She is a K9 Deputy with the Grant County Sheriff’s Department,  Chief of the Kentucky Search Dog Association, and K9 manager for Ohio Task Force 1 a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue team.  Melissa has been involved with over 375 incidents as either a dog handler, team leader or operations officer, her K9s are certified through FEMA, North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA), American Police Canine Association (APCA) and Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) in disaster, air-scent, trailing, and cadaver. In addition, Melissa is an evaluator for KYEM, FEMA Disaster – HRD and a Master Trainer for APCA.