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C.J., an explosive detection dog in current service. Photo: NYS Police
C.J., an explosive detection dog in current service. Photo: NYS Police

NYS police add 13 canine units to force

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York State Police Canine Unit is up to 77 teams.

That includes another 13 units who graduated Tuesday from Canine Handler Basic School after 20 weeks of training.

The graduates, who began serving on Nov. 26, include members from the New York State Police, Albany County Sheriff's Office, Oswego Police Department, St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department, Schenectady County Sheriff's Office, and Warren County Sheriff's Office.

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During the first nine months of this year, canine units responded to 3,017 calls, and one of the newcomers already has located more than $20,000 in diamonds reported stolen during a robbery in the Hudson Valley.

All canines that serve are donated by breeders, private individuals, and humane societies, and all are named after members killed in the line of duty.

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