Membership


Membership Information

Full Membership to this association shall be open to any active full-time paid law enforcement officer, whether Federal, State, County or Municipal, who is a canine handler, trainer or administrator, pending approval of regional elected officers.  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.

Two easy ways to join!

Online Application

We have an easy online application for new members and members renewing their application. You may use this option if you to complete your application and pay online via PayPal.

Mail In Application

Use this option if you would like to print off your application and submit it with a check via US Mail. Mail completed applications to Melinda Ruopp, National Secretary, 1575 Wallace Ave., Marshalltown, IA 50158

Which membership is right for me?

  • New - Those who have never been a member of the USPCA and are an active full-time law enforcement officer (Federal, State, County or Municipal) who is a canine handler, decoy, trainer or administrator.
  • Renewal - Renewal of a membership. Membership runs January 1st through December 31st.
  • Associate - An association membership may be held under the following conditions:
    • A person who trains canines for an established law enforcement agency.
    • A retired full-time paid law enforcement officer, whether Federal, State, County, or Municipal, who was a canine handler, trainer or administrator, pending approval of regional elected officers.  This shall include members of the military police that may be retired canine handlers, trainers or administrators.
    • Associate membership must have approval of Regional Elected Officers.
    • Associate membership shall have voting privileges, but cannot hold regional or National Office.
  • Special - Detector Dog Handlers whose work is done primarily for Law Enforcement, but are not employed by a Law Enforcement Agency full time. Those who fall into this category may be granted Special membership to the USPCA with sponsorship in writing from a LEA who they have worked for as well as approval from the Region Board in which they reside.
  • Dual - Members who wish to belong to another USPCA region in addition to their primary demographic region.
  • Life - Complimentary membership for those who have served over 30 years.

Provisions are provided in the By-Laws for establishment of Regions (25 Members) and also for local Districts (10 Members).  These regions and districts are rapidly being formed through the United States.

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