K9 officers visit GFJ
Before the break, GFJ fifth-grade students learned about police work when NY State Troopers Bruce Shive, with K9 partner Clark, and Matthew Strobeck, with K9 partner Simpson, visited to talk about their careers and working with dogs.
Part of the state police K-9 Unit, Troopers Shive and Strobeck provided detailed insight into a specialty field of police work that few get to see up close. Covering topics that included tactics, equipment and training – all spiced with a few personal experiences - their presentation gave students a firsthand, personal look into this important career field. They demonstrated some commands with the dogs and how they work together to help keep our community safe. To qualify for the K-9 Unit, new handlers and their dogs must attend a 20-week training camp at the state police K-9 training facility in Cooperstown, where they undergo a strenuous program focusing on basic obedience, agility, handler protection, either narcotics or explosives detection, tracking, building searches, veterinary first aid, and land navigation. The handlers and K-9s are required to pass all aspects of training to receive certification. Upon completion, the teams are sent out on patrol (returning bi-annually for re-certification).