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Officer Anthony J. Pape, Wins National School Resource Officer of the Year

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DATE:             October 11, 2007


The American Police Canine Association recently conducted its 2007 National Conference in Bedford, Indiana, September 24-27, 2007.  Three association members were presented with the A.P.C.A.’s National President’s Award in three individual categories for personal outstanding achievement during the National Awards Dinner ceremonies.  Awards categories recognized were for Patrol Dog Officer, Narcotics Detection Officer and School Resource Officer of the Year.  Each of the awards were presented by American Police Canine Association President, Mike Johnson.


Officer Anthony J. Pape, of the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, was selected as the American Police Canine Association's 2007 School Resource Officer of the Year.   Officer Pape was instrumental in the establishment of a national certification standard for School Resource Officer Canine Detection Teams, which was adopted by the American Police Canine Association in April 2007 in Concord, North Carolina.  In addition, Officer Pape and his K-9 partner, Hunter, are recognized as the first School Resource Officer (SRO) Canine Detection Team to receive a national certification in this specialized field.


The American Police Canine Association is the first and only national law enforcement canine association in the world which offers national certifications to School Resource Officer canine teams.  SRO teams are specialized law enforcement canine detection units which are assigned to school districts, and are trained to detect firearms and illicit narcotics on school property.  Canines which are utilized in this program are passive canines with strong social skills.



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