The New York State Police conducted graduation exercises recently for its 2012 Basic Canine Handler School.
The ceremony was held at the State Police Academy in Albany.
“Canines and their handlers play an important role in public safety,” said Superintendent Joseph D’Amico. “Together they have proven to be an extremely successful law enforcement tool.”
The graduation is the culmination of 20 weeks of training at the Division Canine Training Facility in Cooperstown. During the training, the students and their respective partners received instruction in the following aspects of training: Basic obedience/agility, handler protection, building searches, explosive or narcotic detection, tracking for fugitives/lost or missing persons, basic veterinary care and land navigation/grid searches.
The Canine Unit currently consists of 74 teams including the 12 recent graduates who will stationed in Troops D, E, F, G and K. Canines are named after troopers who died in the line of duty.
Among the graduates are K-9 Mandin named after and in memory of Trooper Amanda Anna who was killed in the line of duty in a motor vehicle accident May 25 in the Oswego County town of Hastings. K-9 Mandin is assigned to Trooper Mark A. Bender at the North Syracuse station.
Another area graduating team is Trooper Eric T. Buchinsky, SP Livingston and K-9 Cahill, named for John J Cahill.