15 state police K-9s and handlers graduate from training

Trooper David A. Ziemba (right) with canine Arnie and NYSP Superintendent George P. Beach (left) Trooper David A. Ziemba (right) with canine Arnie and NYSP Superintendent George P. Beach (left)

August 11, 2017 07:03 PM

New York State troopers are getting 15 new K-9 teams.

Friday, troopers and their dogs graduated from the Canine Handler Basic School at the State Police Academy in Albany. The program includes training in obedience and agility as well as narcotics and explosives detection.

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Handlers who graduate from the school get to go on patrol with their dogs. One of the new K-9 teams is based at the Batavia headquarters: That is Trooper David Ziemba and his K-9 Arnie.


Trooper David A. Ziemba, Canine Arnie – Troop A, Trooper Arnold T. Rasmussen

Trooper Jamie M. Gockel, Canine Lock – Troop C, Sergeant John H. Lockhart

Trooper Peter F. Bizjack, Canine Versa – Troop F, Investigator Joseph T. Aversa

Trooper Christopher S. Alberts, Canine Cotter – Troop F, Investigator John F. Cotter

Trooper Thomas E. Lansing Jr., Canine Myer – Troop G, Corporal Harold F. Myers

Trooper Scott M. Usmail, Canine Deejay – Troop H, Trooper Donald R. Fredenburg Jr.

Trooper Lewis E. Godfroy IV, Canine Graydon – Troop K, Trooper William T. Graydon

Trooper Atiba M. Celestine, Canine Raya – Troop NYC, Trooper Raymond J. Chippendale

Trooper Don J. Kim, Canine Wheeler – Troop NYC, Sergeant Harry J. Wheeler

Trooper Joseph C. Leworthy, Canine Kenny – Troop NYC, Trooper Kenneth N. Devitt

Trooper Brady K. Ng, Canine Ria – Troop NYC, Trooper Charles S. Dorrian

Trooper Michael M. Pappas, Canine Del – Troop NYC, Sergeant Jeffry T. Edelson

Trooper James R. Redden, Canine Gleason – Troop NYC, Trooper Lawrence P. Gleason

Trooper Dermont A. Summers, Canine Theo – Troop NYC, Corporal Theophilus Gaines

Trooper Sherron L. Jones, Canine Dillon – Troop T, Trooper Emerson J. Dillon


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