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The Sheriff's Office maintains eight K-9 Teams.
A K-9 Team consists of a officer and a dog
The Rensselaer Sheriff's Office has seven K-9 Teams assigned to Highway Patrol
The handler and dog must complete 360 hours of training before becoming certified by New York State DCJS; once certified they will train together on a weekly basis
When not working the canines live at home with their handler and their families
K-9's have a working career of about eight to ten years, and a life expectancy of twelve
Certification & K-9 Skills
Narcotics Detection (To alert their trainer these dogs respond aggressively, trying to get at the substance by scratching and pawing)
Explosive Detection (They will alert their handler by sitting next to suspected device)
Canine's have a keen sense of smell allowing them to:
Find someone who has become lost or disoriented.
Track and locate suspects hiding and secure suspects until a deputy safely enters and makes an arrest.
Search vehicles and buildings for suspects, narcotics, etc.
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Violent Crimes Against Children
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