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Canines put bite into criminal justice learning for BOCES students  


Canine association visits Schoharie CTE

Dr. Stephen Mackenzie works with K9 RobbyIt 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 canine teams.

"It was a great presentation and showed our students the abilities these canines have and how Trainer Tom Poltynski works with K9 Damon
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.
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