Yates County Sheriff’s Office and the NYS Sheriffs’ Institute sponsored the annual K9 seminar in Yates County. Training was conducted for special tactics, tracking, patrol, narcotics and explosive detection. NYS MPTC as well as NAPWDA (North America Police Work Dog Association) certifications were completed and all attendees scored successful. On May 7 several K-9 related demos were performed by various agencies for the public at the Yates County Fairgrounds where over 100 people attended. Sheriff Ron Spike, Chairman of the NYSSAI handed out certificates to the handlers at the culmination dinner.

30 K-9 teams from 19 agencies participated in the 40 hour block of training.

NAPWDA Master Trainers were Dr. Steven Mackenzie of Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office NY, Officers William Nott and Mike Ravenelle of the Ledyard Police Dept. Connecticut., and John Hoover, Retired Franklin County SO Virginia now contracted with Federal Law Enforcement, along with NYS Trainers Sgt. Randy Schwingle and Deputy Brandon Jensen of Yates Co SO.

PHOTO is  of the Yates County Sheriff's k-9 Unit  – Deputy Brandon Jensen and K9 Kinni, Instructor Sgt. Randy Schwingle, Sheriff Ron Spike, and Deputy Chad Betts and K9 Hasko


The following TEN NYS Sheriff’s Office K-9 Teams participated:

Broome County

Livingston County

Niagara County

Montgomery County

Oneida County

Ontario County

Schuyler County

Steuben County

Tompkins County

Yates County


Other NYS – NINE police agency K-9 teams participated

Albany NY

Amsterdam NY

Cheektowaga NY

Cohoes, NY

Hamburg, NY

Horseheads, NY

Lewiston, NY

Lyons, NY

Shelburne, NY