United States Police Canine Association

Welcome to the USPCA  -    50 years and counting!     

The United States Police Canine Association, Inc. (USPCA) was established in 1971 when two canine associations joined. Much has been learned about Police Canines in over fifty years of service, there is still more to be done to develop their potential. Our members have found that participation in USPCA certifications and training is an invaluable tool for performing their jobs. The strength of both the Regional and National offices lies in the diversity of the membership. This diversity facilitates the sharing of ideas and information within an organized, neutral forum. Some of our member benefits include an extensive repository of training articles along with information designed to keep everyone updated. The USPCA is the nation's largest, continuously operating organization that promotes quality-trained and certified canine teams.

We have set forth an ambitious plan to understand police canine issues and then set best practices in areas of needed improvement. This resulted in our Best Practices in Contemporary Canine Policing videos located on the USPCA YouTube site.

We also allied with the American Kennel Club, which resulted in benefits to help USPCA members achieve grants for canine purchases. This benefit is available for law enforcement agencies wishing to purchase a dog for their program.

The Members Make Us What We Are


Please, look at our website and social media to understand how we can help you. If you like what you see, please join us.

     We would love to have you as a member!    If you have never been a USPCA member,  click on the below link.   If you have been a member in the past,  please contact Secretary Ruopp and she will walk you through the process of renewing.  Please do not create a new profile if you have been a member in the past.      

Department/Agency Memberships:   If you are a department representative and have two or more handlers that would like to join,  contact Secretary Ruopp at [email protected] 

K'9s are part of the family! let's keep them healthy long into

retirement so they can enjoy their life!

If you would like to make a donation to the USPCA Retired K9 Assistance Fund, it's easy!

Just click below to make a tax-exempt donation today!

USPCA YouTube Site 
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K9 Grants

The Benefits of Membership

Your USPCA membership benefits will quickly surpass the cost of annual dues and include the following:
 *Access to the most up-to-date Law Enforcement Canine information
*A library of 60+ training and informational articles
 *Free Subscription to The Canine Courier
 *Life Insurance policy for you and your K-9 partner
*Retired Canine Assistance Grant
 *Legal representation for your certification.
 *Access to our award-winning e-newsletter
 *USPCA members are eligible for an AKC Grant for the purchase of a police canine
 *Eligibility for regional and national awards
 *Apprentice and mentoring opportunities for K-9 trainer and evaluator

 *Being part of the nation’s leading Police K-9 Authority

Our certifications are recognized and mentioned in many court cases in the United States as a proven standard for police service dogs. The United States Police Canine Association is mentioned in 78 court cases throughout the United States.

In our certification test, you are provided with detailed information on the testing and knowledge after the test to help you improve for the next time.

When you participate as an evaluator or judge, you gain valuable insight into what an adequately trained canine team should look like, giving you ideas for your team.

USPCA Facebook Page


Who can be a USPCA Member?

  Keeping America Safe while leading the way!!  

The United States Police Canine Association has several membership levels.  Full or Regular Membership is provided for any active full-time paid law enforcement officer for a federal, state, county or municipal agency who is a canine handler,  trainer or administrator.  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.

We also have Associate, Honorary, Special, and Lifetime memberships that cover a variety of member qualifications. Click below for more details about membership types.  

Handling a police service dog, regardless of specialty or venue requires intelligence, effort, dedication, pride. and constant learning. That's what the USPCA is about. Come and join us...we welcome new members!