Syracuse Police Graduates Five Canines and Their Handlers

May 30, 2014

Five police canines and their handlers are ready to hit the streets in their respective communities after graduating Friday from the Syracuse Police Department’s Canine Academy. 

New Binghamton K9 officer Douglas Chavez with his partner Dona at the Inner Harbor Friday.
New Binghamton K9 officer Douglas Chavez with his partner Dona at the Inner Harbor Friday.
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 A ceremony was held  at the Inner Harbor.  SPD Sergeant Tim Stepian has been a K9 handler himself for 24 years and a trainer for 16. 

  Chavez and other officers from Johnson City, Ithaca, and the Troy Police Departments as well as Delaware County Sheriffs spent nine weeks getting to know their dogs and how to give commands.