Canines put bite into criminal justice
learning for BOCES students
Canine association visits Schoharie CTE
It wasn't an
ordinary Monday in the classroom for aspiring law
enforcers at the Capital Region BOCES Schoharie campus. In fact,
you could say a pair of visitors really put a bite into their educational
learning and helped them sniff out new career opportunities.
Students in Gerald Place's criminal justice program class
were visited by representatives of the New York State Canine
Association (NYSCA), including K-9s Damon (which specializes in
finding humans) and Robby (an explosives detection expert).
Dr. Stephen Mackenzie, Albany County Sheriff's Deputy
Kyle McGrath and trainer Tom Poltynski assisted the dogs in their
demonstration and explained how the dogs provide excellent
assistance to police and emergency responders.
K-9 Damon showed how he finds suspects and missing people outside
while K-9 Robby demonstrated his proficiency in sniffing out
explosives in the classroom.
The non-profit NYSCA is dedicated to providing quality
training to law enforcement together with search and rescue
"It was a great presentation and showed our students the
abilities these canines have and how
they assist emergency responders," said Place.
In the top photo, Dr. Stephen Mackenzie works with K-9 Robby.
To the right, trainer Tom Poltynski works with K-9 Damon.