American Police Canine Association convention coming to region

2013-09-26T11:14:00Z American Police Canine Association convention coming to regionNicki Mackowski-Gladstone | Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for the South Shore CVA nwitimes.com

MERRILLVILLE | The American Police Canine Association will be hosting their yearly conference at Radisson Hotel in Merrillville through Sept. 27.

According to Bring it Home Hero, Officer William Granzow, the convention is expected to bring around 50 canines from across the United States and Canada to participate in the workshop.

On Sept. 25, canines were scheduled to participate in a scenario based training session at the Port of Indiana. The session will include vehicle extractions, narcotics, S.W.A.T., mass transportation, building searches, control and water deployments. The five-day convention will also include classroom presentations, hands-on learning opportunities, problem solving as well as new training methods and techniques from master trainers and trainers from across the United States.

The APCA is a nationally accredited organization comprised of police, military and correctional officers who are either active or retired in their respected fields. APCA provides knowledge and training related to the canine field involving police, military and corrections.

For more information on the American Police Canine Association or the upcoming convention, contact the Hobart Police Department K-9 Unit by calling (219) 942-4482.

The Bring it Home campaign encourages association members and executives to bring meetings, conventions and sporting events home to the South Shore. Hosting association and member organization events along the South Shore positively impacts the local economy by bringing visitors to stay at South Shore hotels, dine at restaurants, shop at stores and visit attractions.

To learn more about the Bring it Home campaign, contact Kristen Thomas, director of sales for the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, by calling (219) 554-2227.

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