Presidents Update

I would like to thank All of the k9 teams,trainers and quarry that attended the combined spring seminar held in the Lewiston Clarkston area. It was a great week of training with an amazing turn out from both Idaho, and Washington State. I would like to speak about a few items that were covered in the IPCA meeting held on May 5th at 6:30 pm.

1) The IPCA has applied for a permanent 501 (c) 3 status

2) The IPCA will provide a subscription to the Terry Fleck website for each 50.00 membership paid on a yearly basis.

3) the IPCA will now provide a sponsorship program for Idaho teams that have been nominated for that sponsorship. It will include payment for the cost of all hotel and waive all seminar fee’s. A nomination form will be provided on the forms page of this site.

4) A challenge coin program will be started to acknowledge years of service in the K9 field.

5) The cap for seminar costs has been raised from 5000.00 to 7000.00.

6) Seminar costs have increased to 120.00 for attending teams.


This is six of the many items discussed at the meeting.

The location and hosting agency for the 2016 seminar has already been decided. The Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office has stepped up and will hold the 2016 IPCA Seminar. I will continue to post with updates for hotel location and dates for the 2016 Seminar.

Forms have been updated for membership, seminar registration and we have added a waiver of liability form for all quarry participating in any IPCA event.

Thank you for your continued support,

Jason Davis

IPCA 2015 Meeting Agenda


 Idaho Police Canine Association                                  4 May, 2015- 6:30 pm


  1. Call Meeting to order
  2. Announcement of any changes or additions to the agenda
  3. Roll Call
  4. Approval of Minutes
  5. Welcome Members
  6. Presidents Report
    1. IRS Review ( no action required)
    2. 501©3 requirements ( no action required)
    3. Dues and membership review ( no action required)
    4. Financial review
  1. Comments and Questions
  2. Unfinished Business
    1. Web site
    2. Membership/ challenge coins
    3. Membership Benefit
  3. New Business
    1. Accountant retainer ( action required)
    2. IRS Fee for 501©3 ( action required)
    3. Terry Fleck membership ( action required)
    4. Team sponsorship ( action required)
    5. Dues and seminar rate increase ( action required)
    6. Consideration of Bi-law update ( no action required)
    7. Charitable suggestions (no action Required)
  4. Adjourn



2015 IPCA/ WSPCA Seminar Update

Hello everyone –


The combined Idaho and Washington K-9 seminar is just a week away. As of now, we have over 140 people participating. This includes K-9 teams and trainers from Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Canada.

We are very excited and hope to see you soon. We just wanted to cover a few things prior to your arrival.

A lot of the scenarios will be outside and ticks are in full swing here, so please bring whatever tick prevention/care you have as a precaution. The weather looks to be great, but you may want to bring some rain gear just in case.

Narcotic/Bomb Teams –  bring a flashlight and any other equipment you may have ie harness.

Patrol teams – please bring 50 rounds for your duty handgun. Also bring ear and eye protection as well as your ballistic vest. Also bring a couple of flashlights.

Trainers – we will have a trainers meeting on Sunday May 3 at 1800 hours at the hotel. We will be taking the trainers out to the training sites that day as well, between 1500-1800 hours. So please be at the hotel early enough to take part in this. Training will promptly begin 0800 on Monday.

The banquet will be at 1800 hours on Wednesday May 6th. The Associations will be paying for your dinner; however, due to the large amount of participants, we will not be able to pay for any guests that you may bring. We are allowing 1 guest per participant, but you will be responsible for paying for their plate, which is 32 dollars and will be collected the night of the banquet. We have collected approximately 20,000 dollars in prizes, so come with some extra cash to spend on raffle tickets.

The trials will be Thursday May 7. Patrol teams will be at a local high school football field and the public will be coming to this. As much advertising we have been doing, we are expecting a good public turn out. We are asking patrol teams participating in the trials to bring some sort of uniform, identifying your agency. This can be a soft uniform, but something that shows you are a LE officer. WSPCA requires their teams to their wear full uniform during any training, so I would like the Idaho teams to do this during the trials only.  The trials will consist of obedience, obstacle, and scenario based exercises. This is the first time the WSPCA will be participating in trials, so we are trying to make a fun experience for everyone.

Narcotic and Bomb teams, your trials will be held at the Lewiston Police Department training center. This is also open to the public, but I suspect the majority of the public will be at the patrol trials.  We would also like you to wear some type of uniform identifying your agency. These trials will include building and area searches.

Any questions get ahold of me. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Details for Seminar


Washington State Police Canine Association


2015 Spring Seminar

Hosted by the

Asotin and Garfield Co. SO,

in conjunction with,

Lewiston, ID Police Department &

Idaho Police Canine Association


May 4th to May 7th, 2015

 (Check-in begins at 1500 on May 3rd, 2015)


Training:  The 2015 Spring Seminar with be a dual state event.  The Idaho Police Canine Association will be co-hosting this training opportunity with our association.  This will primarily be a working seminar for patrol, narcotics, and explosive teams, with a half day classroom instruction. We will be traveling to various sites around the Clarkston and Lewiston Valley. We will mostly be outdoors so be prepared for the weather. Be sure to have your standard training equipment with you.


Drug dog teams: This will be a four day working seminar for all drug dog teams.  There will be a plethora of diverse training sites and problems.  The trainings will be realistic narcotics based scenarios, including a variety of vehicles (cars, trucks, semis, int/ext), buildings searches, and outdoor searches.  There will also be an area set up with a scent wall and boxes for auxiliary training.  Because the Idaho Police Canine Association is primarily narcotic based, this is a great opportunity for the Washington teams to work with trainers and handlers from both states and expose you and your partner to a diverse assortment of knowledge and experience.


Explosive dog teams: Explosive dog teams will receive training in a variety of areas including exterior and interior security sweeps, and vehicle searches.  Focus will be on realistic scenario based training for real world deployments.


A ballistic evidence class with scenarios will be presented by JP Melton, Spokane County SO.  ‎JP Melton has been an explosive dog handler for 12 years under contract with the ATF and has worked 2 dogs throughout his K9 tenure. He has worked numerous cases involving ballistic evidence searches with his K9s.


Patrol dog teams: Handlers will travel to various patrol sites for scenario based training.  These sites will involve tracking, building and area searches, vehicle pursuits with K9 deployments, and apprehension work.  We are working on having a PIT scenario as well.  Some sites will be designed for dual purpose teams.  These sites will focus on the transition from one genre to another (i.e. tracking to a narcotics evidence find).


Handlers and K9s will have the opportunity to participate in a live fire shooting site.  This will be held at the Lewiston PD outdoor shooting range.  This site will provide handlers with experience in shooting with your partner or basic firearms exposure.  Handlers will be required to bring their own ammunition and the appropriate range safety equipment (vest, ears muffs, safety glasses).


ClassroomThe classroom portion of the seminar will be instructed by Armin Winkler.  Mr. Winkler is a nationally and internationally recognized canine trainer from Palmyra, Virginia.  Mr. Winkler has trained numerous working dogs for several municipal agencies, as well as, the military.  This four hour instruction will be applicable to all working canine units.  This course will primarily focus on the science of dog behavior.



Equipment: Detector and patrol handlers bring your regular duty/patrol gear.  Our sites will be primarily scenario based so please bring a mock pistol or red gun if you have one.  No live ammunition or firearms will be allowed in the scenario training sites with the exception of the live fire site.  **Bring ammo for your duty weapon.**


Trainers: We already have some trainers that have committed to this event, so we will only need 9 patrol dog trainers and 3 drug dog trainers. The bomb sites will be conducted by J.P. Melton.  In an effort to be cost effective, trainers interested in attending must contact Joe Snyder at or Drew Hyer at to confirm their spot in the seminar as a trainer. Otherwise you will have to attend as a working K9 team and pay the seminar fee.


Please be sure to have at least one bite suit from your agency.  Also, any mock pistols (red guns), starter pistols (blank guns), and sim or airsoft pistols.


Meetings: There will be a trainer/quarry meeting Sunday at 1800 at the hotel, and then an E-Board meeting following that.


Quarry: We only need 7 quarries for this seminar. Please contact Joe Snyder at or Drew Hyer at to confirm your spot as a quarry. Again, to be cost effective it is vital that you RSVP to be sure we have a spot for you. Experienced quarry are not required but we strongly encourage those who endeavor to be a handler and train dogs to attend.


The working quarries for all 4-days will be provided per diem from the WSPCA (if from out of town and a hotel stay is required). Quarries will need to room with handlers from the agency they are representing if applicable. If unable to room with a handler the WSPCA will pair you up with another solo quarry.


Hotel: The hotel is cop and dog friendly. There will not be a damage deposit fee for those wishing to house their dog in the room. Advise the hotel you are registering for the K9 Seminar to get our discounted rate of $80 + tax. Deadline to register and receive that rate is 04/10/15.  As always, we are in the view of the public, PLEASE, pick up after your partner and keep barking to a minimum while at the hotel.




Sunday:        Registration will open at 1500 hrs. in the hotel lobby.

Hospitality room will be open from 1700 to 2100 hrs.

Trainers/E-Board/Quarry meeting at 1800 hrs.


Monday:       0800 General Membership Meeting.

Training from 0800 to 1700 hrs.


Tuesday:      Training from 0800 to 1700 hrs.


Wednesday:            Training from 0800 to 1200 hrs.

Classroom 1300 to 1700

Banquet and Raffle 1800-2100


Thursday:    Trials from 0800 to Finish

Travel Home


Host Contact Information:

Joe Snyder

Asotin County Sheriff’s Office

(208) 305-4421

Drew Hyer

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

(509) 780-1267

Chris Reese

Lewiston Police Department

(208) 791-1703



2015 combined Seminar


ipca seminar form

The Idaho Police Canine association is excited to announce a combined Seminar for 2015. Idaho and Washington K9 teams will be meeting together for what should be a busy and fun week. Seminar will have trainers and scenarios for Narcotics Detection, Patrol, and Explosives Detection.

Seminar will be held in the Lewiston/Clarkston area from May 4- May 7, 2015. Check in will be May 3rd at the Lewiston Red Lion Hotel with room rates at 80.00 per night for single, double, or triple occupancy. The deadline for check in is April 10th, 2015.

Please make your reservations by contacting the Lewiston Red Lion at 1-208-799-1000 and inform them that you are with the Idaho Police Canine Association.

As more information comes in I will post it to this site so please check in often.

Thank You,

IPCA President Jason Davis

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