Nearly fifty law enforcement canine teams hone their skills at ‘Canine Week’

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NEW YORK (WETM) – The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services announced that nearly fifty explosive detection canine teams from across the state, nation and federal government participated in scenario-based training this week.

The training took place at the inaugural ‘Canine Week’ exercise at the State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany. The first-time event helped canine teams practice their response to a variety of real-world scenarios involving explosives and explosive devices.

Canine Week began on June 11 and concludes on June 14.

New York’s more than 300 law enforcement explosive detection canine teams play a critical role in protecting public safety as they are primarily responsible for conducting searches for explosive materials near building exteriors, parking lots, office areas, vehicles, and critical infrastructure sites, as well as mass gathering events. 

Many of the canines participating in Canine Week also serve in dual-purpose roles by providing detection capabilities and protection for officers on patrol.

During the exercise, canine teams responded to a series of complex and evolving incidents to test their capabilities.

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, which developed and managed ‘Canine Week,’ modeled scenarios after real-world incidents that canine teams encounter, including operating out of a helicopter during an emergency response, integrating with tactical teams during complex service calls, detecting explosives in a maritime environment and dignitary protection details.

Teams also practiced their skills to provide emergency care to injured canines during the week.  

New York State law enforcement agencies participating (some with multiple teams):

  • Albany County Sheriff’s Office
  • Buffalo Police Department
  • Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office
  • Erie County Sheriff’s Office
  • Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department
  • New York City Police Department (Transit Bureau and Counterterrorism Response Command)
  • New York State Police
  • Niagara County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ontario County Sheriff’s Office
  • Putnam County Sheriff’s Office
  • Rochester Police Department
  • Suffolk County Police Department
  • Town of Saugerties Police Department
  • Utica Police Department
  • Westchester County Police Department

Additional Participating Partners:

  • Camden County Sheriff’s Office (Georgia)
  • Connecticut State Police
  • Norwalk Police Department (Connecticut)
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • United States Coast Guard

Since 2009, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has allocated approximately $19.9 million in federal homeland security grant funding to support the state’s FBI-accredited bomb squads and explosive detection canine teams.

Additionally, the Division has provided $11.2 million in funding to support the state’s tactical teams since 2013.

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