United States Police Canine Association
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The United States Police Canine Association, Inc. (USPCA) was established in 1971 when two canine associations joined. While much has been learned about Police Canines from this beginning, there is still more to be done to develop the potential of canine teams fully. Our members have found that participation in USPCA certifications and training is an invaluable tool for performing their jobs. The strength of both the Regional and National offices lies in the diversity of the membership. This diversity facilitates the sharing of ideas and information within an organized, neutral forum. Some of our member benefits include an extensive repository of training articles along with information designed to keep everyone updated. The USPCA is the nation's largest, continuously operating organization dedicated to promoting quality trained and certified canine teams. 

Recommended Readings

Best Practices in Contemporary Canine Policing by Scott Sargent
The following are lessons learned based on internal management studies conducted of police K9 units (training and operational), as well as an assessment of national policies, current trends, proposed legislation, and K9-related litigation patterns and outcomes. Read more

Canton v. Harris - A Retrospective on Constitutionally Adequate Police Training by Eugene Ramirez and Lynn Carpenter
In this era of increased scrutiny of law enforcement with calls for defunding the police, the issue of training has become even more important to survive the inevitable lawsuit. Defunding the police, as has been demonstrated, has resulted in the loss of officers and a corresponding decline in patrol operations. The effect of defunding the police may also result in a reduction in a department's training budget. Yet, training is something that should not be defunded. Canine units, in particular, need to maintain their training budget in order to prevent accidents and minimize liability. To do otherwise, could have disastrous results. Read more

A Guide to Effectively presenting body-camera Evidence at Trial by Eugene Ramirez

Technology is constantly changing the role of law enforcement agencies, which are being challenged to deploy the latest technology to improve policies and procedures, weapons systems, and even on how officers perform daily duties. Meanwhile, the public is demanding – and law enforcement is trying to provide – as much transparency as legally permissible. Read more

Navigating the Police k-9 Import Business by Steve Pearson
I have seen far too many agencies swindled when they purchase a new green dual-purpose police dog candidate. I thought that a little insight into the K-9 import business might help decrease the number of “victim” agencies who fall prey to deceitful police K-9 importers and exporters. Read more

K-9 Training Principles for the Modern Operating Environment by Steve White

This article is the first of a series building upon Scott Sargent’s article, Best Practices in Canine Policing, published in the Winter 2020 issue of the Canine Courier.  In that article, Mr. Sargent emphasized that K9’s future hinges upon well-crafted policies, sound tactics, use of body-worn video, proper training, and ongoing self-critical analysis.  With four key principles in mind, we will examine training’s critical role in each of those domains.  This article will not talk about training methods but instead will provide key points for canine handlers, supervisors, and managers to consider. Read more


The Benefits of Membership

Your USPCA membership benefits will quickly surpass the cost of annual dues, and include:
 *Access to the most up-to-date Law Enforcement Canine information
*A library of 60+ training and informational articles
 *Free Subscription to The Canine Courier
 *Life Insurance policy for you and your K-9 partner
 *Legal representation for your certification.
 *Access to our award-winning e-newsletter
 *USPCA members are eligible for an AKC Grant for purchase of police canine
 *Eligibility for regional and national awards
 *Apprentice and mentoring opportunities for K-9 trainer and evaluator

 *Being part of the nation’s leading Police K-9 Authority

Our certifications are recognized and mentioned in many court cases in the United States as a proven standard for police service dogs. The United States Police Canine Association is mentioned in 78 court cases throughout the United States.

In our certification test, you are provided with detailed information on the testing as well as knowledge after the test to help you improve for the next time.

When you participate as an evaluator or judge, you gain valuable insight into what an adequately trained canine team should look like, giving you ideas for your team.

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Who can be a USPCA Member?

  Keeping America Safe while leading the way!!  

The United States Police Canine Association has several membership levels.  Full or Regular Membership is provided for any active full-time paid law enforcement officer for a federal, state, county or municipal agency who is a canine handler,  trainer or administrator.  This shall include members of the Military Police who may be canine handlers, trainers, or administrators. Any full member may continue as such in the event he or she enters military service and later returns to canine law enforcement on a full-time basis.

Please note that regional elected officials must approve memberships for their respective regions.

We also have Associate, Honorary, Special, and Lifetime memberships that cover a variety of member qualifications. Click below for more details about membership types.  

Handling a police service dog, regardless of specialty or venue requires intelligence, effort, dedication, pride. and constant learning. That's what the USPCA is about. Come and join us...we welcome new members!