USPCA History

The United States Police Canine Association is the largest and oldest active organization of its kind. We are the Police Dogs that are Protecting America.

We focus on Training and National Certifications where over 48 State, Federal and U.S. Supreme Court Decisions have upheld our certifications as bona fide and of the highest quality. We also host the ONLY National Police Dog Field Trials where the top working dog teams in the USA are crowned.

“Ever striving for the Betterment of all Police K-9"

HISTORY: The USPCA was established in August 1971 when two existing Associations, the Police K-9 Association and the United States K-9 Association, merged. The original Florida Police K-9 Association, formed in 1964, was later changed to the Police K-9 Association in order to include other interested departments outside the section of the country established by the United Police K-9 Association.

It didn't take too long before the members of these two fine organizations realized that strength was in unity and that their basic goals and objectives were the same. So the present USPCA was formed.

Membership is throughout the United States, Canada, and with the Armed Forces, throughout the world. The Association meets formally twice a year. Once, in Spring/Summer, at the National Detector Dog Field Trials where new ideas and training methods are discussed, and then at the National Patrol Dog Field Trials. These dog trials bring together the best trained dogs in the world and are judged by Police K-9 National Judges. Great strides in the standardization of training methods have been made through these dog trials.

  • To unite in a common cause all law enforcement agencies utilizing the services of the canine as an aid in the prevention and detection of crime.
  • To promote friendship and brotherhood between all those interested in the training and utilization of the canine in police work.
  • To endeavor to establish a minimum working standard, and improve the abilities of the canine in police work, thereby rendering better service to the community.
  • To establish and maintain a legal assistance fund for acts resulting in civil suits from the use of police trained canines.
  • To coordinate the exchange of any advanced techniques of training of the utilization of police dogs.
  • To improve the image of the working police dog to the populace in general through improved public service in the prevention and detection of crime.
  • To aid and assist those law enforcement agencies making application for information concerning the establishment of canine sections within their respective departments.


USPCA Bylaws

Updated: March 11, 2017

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