|Columbia County Sheriff's Office
David W. Harrison, Jr., SHERIFF James R. Sweet, UNDERSHERIFF
The Sheriff's Office currently has three K-9 Teams. K-9 Nico was placed in service with his partner
Deputy Sheriff Heath Benansky in 2003 and is trained and certified according to New York State
Division of Criminal Justice Services Bureau of Municipal Police standards. Current certifications held by
the team include police patrol and tracking as well as advanced narcotics detection. Obtaining these
certifications verifies that Deputy Benansky and K9 Nico can work effectively as a team serving the
communities within the county.
K-9 Andi was placed in service with his partner Deputy Sheriff Chad Shufelt in 2007 and is also
trained and certified according to NYS DCJS BMP standards. Current certifications held by the team
include police patrol, tracking and narcotics detection.
K-9 Kira was placed in service in 2011. She is trained and certified according to NYS DCJS BMP
standards. K-9 Kira's duties will include police patrol, tracking and explosive material detection.
Continuing education and training is a must for any K9 team that wishes to remain proficient and reliable
in the duties they perform, so each month the team attends maintenance training as required, additionally
seminars and special trainings are attended as patrol duties permit.
Special functions of the K9 team include narcotics detection, patrol/tracking, explosive detection,
searching for missing people, building/area searches, criminal apprehension and handler
protection. The K9 team also assist intra-agency units including the Drug Education and
Enforcement Unit and Swat Team. The Sheriff also makes the team available to other law
enforcement agencies as needed on a 24hr call out basis.
As they say "a dogs work is never done", but when the K9 team is not on patrol or completing a
specialized task, their interests are shifted towards educating the community. This may include visits to
the local schools, children’s summer programs, senior citizen’s meeting and other community
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