NYPD graduates six officers and their K9 partners in transit crime unit
The New York City Police Department held a graduation ceremony today in Queens for the newest four-legged members of its Transit Canine team. The six new dogs and their police officer partners completed a highly comprehensive explosive detection training program enhancing the Department’s ability to continue keeping subway riders safe
“Today’s new canine graduates and their handlers join the many highly trained men, women and canines of the Department’s Transit Canine Unit. There they will continue to keep New York City’s subway system safe for all riders,” said Police Commissioner William Bratton.
In addition to the great responsibility these canines and their partners have, some of these highly trained dogs bear the name of a fallen member of the NYPD.
Canine Sam, a blue coated Belgian Malinois, handled by Police Officer Nigel Lee, is named for Lieutenant Samuel Battle. Lieutenant Battle was one of the earliest African American members of the NYPD and the first African American Lieutenant.
Canine Melo, a German shepherd, handled by Police Officer Josh Rivera, is named for friend and fellow soldier who was killed while serving a tour in Iraq.
Canine Archer is a Belgian Malinois and will handled by Police Officer Kyle Rice, a veteran in the NYPD Transit Canine Unit.
Canine Zane, a German shepherd, handled by Police Officer Edwin Ramirez III, is named after Police Officer Bobby Zane from Transit District 34, who died of an illness related to 9/11.
Canine Chuck, a Belgian Malinois, handled by Police Officer Gregory Pahl, is named for Sergeant Candy Holochuck of the 63 Precinct who died during a surgery for an off-duty related illness.
Canine Dutch (not pictured) is a hybrid German shepherd Belgian Malinois mix and will be handled by Police Officer Pedro Murphy, a veteran in the NYPD Transit Canine Unit.
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