K-9 “George” and K-9
2015 was another busy year for Albany
County Sheriff’s Office K9 George.
George is a 5 year old German shepherd trained in drug detection,
tracking, area searches, evidence searches, and handler protection. George is
assigned to the patrol station allowing him to work daily in all areas of
Albany County but George has also been called upon to assist other agencies
with specific cases. Some of the other
agencies include DEA, US Customs, Guilderland Police Dept. George has been with ACSO since July 2012.
George enjoyed work so much he never took a sick day. Just George’s presence has kept officers safe
by deterring criminals from assaulting those who are working to keep us safe,
and quickly apprehending those who would try to flee and endanger others. From January 1, 2015 to March 30, 2015 George
was called to locate drugs 80 times; called upon to track people who are lost,
emotionally disturbed, or fugitives eight times. George made eleven appearances to demonstrate
his abilities in front of groups including the NYS Senate, Voorheesville Cub
Scouts, Cub Scout Pack 73 to name a few.
Unfortunately, on March 30, 2015 George retired from service but still
lives with his handler.
On March 30, 2015 the Albany County
Sheriff’s Office welcomed a new K9 to the Department. K9 Turner, a 2 year old
German shepherd who will be trained in drug detection, evidence searches,
tracking, area searches, handler protection, and building searches. K9 Turner
will pick up where K9 George left off and will continue to be a multipurpose
asset to the Sheriff’s Office.
completed his certification in 2013, K-9 Mo saw his second year of active
service in 2015. He is a three year old German shepherd certified in explosives
detection, tracking, and patrol. K-9 Mo and his handler, Deputy Joseph Martel,
are assigned to Headquarters. In this capacity, the K-9 team helped to enhance
the security of county buildings, including the correctional facility and the
Albany International Airport throughout the year. K-9 Mo and his handler have
been deployed fourteen times and responded to bomb threats at Voorheesville High School and Belvedere
Addiction Center Albany as well as at Russell Sage College and New York State
Tax and Finance Building Green Island. The team has also assisted many other
agencies including FBI Albany, NCIS. The team conducted security sweeps of
motorcades at the Albany International Airport for dignitaries such as
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.
Bethlehem Police Department requested search of suspicious bags left
near an adjacent fence following a robbery of Trustco Bank. The suspect was
arrested in the bank. Bethlehem
Detectives also requested a back track of the suspect’s route. Mo successfully tracked and locate evidence
(five dollar bill) suspect dropped
while in route to rob the bank. Mo also
successfully tracked a burglary subject for Albany Police/ Albany County
Probation who had jumped from a second story apartment to avoid arrest. Albany Police set up a perimeter around Hall
Place upon arrival canine was deployed tracking suspect neighboring yard. The suspect surrendered without incident
upon hearing the Police Canine challenge.
The team also assisted Colonie Police on several occasions including
shooting at Coloine Center clearing scene, search for additional shell
casings. The Crossings Park for a
fugitive on the run from Ithaca Police, Parole.
The team has attended training with K-9 units from the Albany Police Department, New York State Police, and Transportation Safety Administration, in addition to working with this agency’s other K-9 units. They have attended a street tactics seminar tracking seminar with the Iron Dog Canine hosted by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and trained with National Police Work Dog Master Trainer Dr. Stephen McKenzie at SUNY Cobleskill. In addition to Specialty Teams Training, this K-9 team also. In 2015, K-9 Mo was granted advanced certification by the US Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) on their National Odor Recognition Test.
The Sheriff’s Office K-9 program also lends assistance during community events such as the Tulip Fest, Corporate Challenge, Freihofer’s Run for Women, Larkfest, and the Turkey Trot in Troy. The Sheriff’s Office Community Relations Unit has also employed the team at numerous public relations events. Events in 2015 included the NYS Courts bring your child to work day, the Bethlehem High School tour of County Court, and Paws in the Park at Siena College and Cook Park as well as demonstrations at the Voorheesville and Bethlehem Public Libraries and for Easter Seals of New York.
K-9 Sarge is a two year old German Shepherd donated by a
family from the Town of Rhinebeck within Duchess County. He received his
certification in handler protecting, article search, and tracking and is in the
process of completing his certification in narcotics detection. Sarge and his
handler, Inspector William Rice, are currently assigned to the Sheriff’s
Criminal Investigation Unit located at the Sheriff’s Public Safety Building in
the Town of New Scotland. K-9 Sarge has received training with the Albany
Police Department and several other local agencies. Inspector Rice also serves
as the Senior K-9 Handler and assists in the oversight of the K-9 detail and
December 30, 2015, Deputy Kayla Apple was appointed as the handler for Jack,
this agency’s newest K9. Deputy Apple transferred to this agency from the
Washington County Sheriff’s Office and has been serving as a Patrol Deputy
assigned to the Clarksville Station. Her new partner, K9 Jack, is a sixteen
month old German Shepherd named in honor of the late Sheriff Jack McNulty. K9
Jack was purchased through a Homeland Security Grant and is currently in
training to be certified in explosives detection, patrol functions, and
tracking. Deputy Apple and K9 Jack are assigned to the Albany County Sheriff’s
Office Patrol Station and will also assist with patrolling the Albany
International Airport Station.