The VPCA, formed in 2000, is made up of active and retired federal, state, local and private law enforcement and criminal justice agency K9 trainers, handlers, and supervisors. Members also include those persons involved in law enforcement or law enforcement related occupations, or individuals sincerely interested in the advancement of the law enforcement canine handler profession.
Membership in the Virginia Police Canine Association shall consist of three classes: Active, Senior and Associate.
- Active memberships shall consist only of those persons who are actively engaged as canine handlers of certified law enforcement agencies which operate in the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as persons who were law enforcement canine handlers and are now employed as canine trainers of such agencies.
- Senior memberships shall consist of those persons who, upon leaving their canine team or retirement from the law enforcement profession, wish to remain active in the Association. Upon regular payments of dues of an amount to be determined by the Executive Board, such members shall be entitled to all privileges and benefits of the Association.
- Associate memberships shall include those persons involved in law enforcement or law enforcement related occupations, or individuals sincerely interested in the advancement of the law enforcement canine handler profession, but not eligible for Active membership. Associate members shall be permitted to attend the Midyear and Annual Meetings, and participate in discussions, but shall have no vote, shall not be eligible to hold office in the Association, and shall not be counted at any time in determining a quorum or majority for any purpose.
The dues of the Association are determined by the Executive Board and are paid annually. Current membership dues for the January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 will be $35.
A member of the Association shall be considered suspended from membership for failure to pay annual dues in a timely manner. Upon the elimination of the cause of suspension, the suspended member may be reinstated by the Executive Board.
All VPCA members have the opportunity to serve on Association Committees. We want to know if you are interested in serving in one of these capacities. Please submit a letter of interest to [NAME], [TITLE]. If you have any questions about serving, contact [NAME], [TITLE].