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May 2, 2024
Oriskany, NY

DHSES Hosts Canine Explosive Detection Training

DHSES Hosts Canine Explosive Detection Training
54 Law Enforcement Canine Teams from Across the State to Participate in Weeklong Event at State Preparedness Training Center in Oneida County

Canine Week Photos and B-Roll Video Available


New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray today announced 54 law enforcement explosive detection canine (EDC) teams from across the state are participating in the fourth annual ‘Canine Week’ at the State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany. The exercise, running from April 29-May 3, allows handlers and their canine partners to practice responding to a variety of real-world scenarios that could involve explosives and explosive devices. 

State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said, “New York’s explosive detection canine teams are one of many important tools law enforcement uses to help protect the public.  Since 2009, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has allocated more than $7.2 million in competitive federal homeland security funds to local and county law enforcement agencies to support the creation and sustainment of well over 100 EDC teams across the state.”

Statewide, more than 300 EDC teams aid law enforcement by conducting searches near building exteriors, parking lots, office areas, vehicles, mass transit venues, critical infrastructure sites, and mass gathering events.

The EDC teams are participating in scenarios including:

  • Searching for a suspect in a wooded area: New York State’s diverse terrain and extensive rural areas provide unique challenges for first responders. This scenario focuses on the apprehension of a suspect in a woodland area. The suspect has extensive experience with explosives, which creates a danger for the public and for responding law enforcement officers. This scenario is inspired, in part, by the search for an escaped convict last fall in rural Pennsylvania.
  • Maritime security support for mass gathering eventsTo simulate securing waterfront concert venues, EDC teams will utilize Delta Lake State Park in Rome to practice boarding and traveling in boats, followed by a sweep of the amphitheater.

The following law enforcement agencies are participating (some with multiple teams):

  • AMTRAK Police Department
  • Buffalo Police Department
  • Chester Police Department
  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
  • Livingston County Sheriff's Office
  • MTA Police Department
  • Newburgh Police Department
  • Town of New Windsor Police Department
  • New York State Parks Police
  • New York State Police
  • New York State University Police
  • Niagara County Sheriff's Office
  • New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • NYPD Critical Response Command
  • NYPD Transit Bureau
  • Oneida County Sheriff's Office
  • Orange County Sheriff's Office
  • Otsego County Sheriff Office
  • Peekskill Police Department
  • Port Authority Police Department
  • Rochester Police Department
  • Suffolk County Police Department
  • Steuben County Sheriff's Office
  • Troy Police Department
  • Westchester County Police Department

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) New York Special Agent in Charge Bryan Miller said, “K9s play a crucial role in law enforcement, and their training and deployment are essential to our mission of protecting the public. The ATF-trained K9s are especially valuable in assessing threats related to arson and explosives detection, providing valuable leads that help keep our communities safe. By training alongside partners from local, state, and federal agencies throughout the state, we are building cohesiveness and increasing our readiness. We are grateful to DHSES for hosting this training, which offers a variety of scenario-based training opportunities. Together, we are adding layers of security to protect New Yorkers in all types of environments.”

New York State Police Superintendent Steven G. James said, “We are proud to train side by side with our partner agencies, working toward the same goal of providing the best service for New Yorkers. Continued explosive detection training is essential and allows our canine teams to improve their skills.  I thank the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services for providing this resource to continue to keep our state safe.”

NYPD Chief of Transit Michael M. Kemper said, “Canine Week is an example of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ continued dedication to supporting police canine operations throughout the Empire State. The ever-changing threat picture within the New York City region merits preparedness exercises and training specifically tailored to counter those threats. As the NYPD Chief of Transit, our agency’s continued participation in Canine Week, along with the multitude of instructional offerings from the State Preparedness Training Center, will only serve to better prepare NYPD members and regional law enforcement partners, in protecting New York City’s vital mass-transit network.”  

About the State Preparedness Training Center

New York State is home to one of the premier first responder training facilities in the nation – the State Preparedness Training Center (SPTC) in Oriskany. Located on 1,100 acres, the SPTC offers an extensive series of realistic training venues, a Swift Water and Flood Training venue, a 45,000 square foot CityScape complex, and an Urban Search and Rescue simulator. From classroom lectures and discussions to skill development lanes to reality and high-performance scenario-based training, the SPTC offers state, local, and federal agencies a spectrum of opportunities for dynamic emergency first responder training.

About the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services provides leadership, coordination and support for efforts to prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorism, natural disasters, threats, fires and other emergencies. For more information, visit NYSDHSES on Facebook, X, Instagram, and LinkedIn, and visit dhses.ny.gov.