GENESEO: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty announces the addition of a new Sheriff's canine.
Deputy Michael Wade was partnered with K9 Hondo this past January. Deputy Wade and K9 Hondo attended basic K9 team school with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office beginning in January 2016. The team successfully certified as a patrol and tracking K9 team on May 13, 2016.
K9 Hondo was purchased using drug asset forfeiture funds at no cost to the taxpayer. He was imported from the Netherlands and purchased from Shallow Creek Kennels in Pennsylvania. Hondo is a 2 year old pure bred Belgian Malinois.
During the four month long basic school Deputy Wade and K9 Hondo studied several topics including obedience, agility, handler protection, apprehension, human tracking and building and area searches. The training culminated with an intensive test where Deputy Wade and K9 Hondo were certified by NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services as Patrol and Tracking Canine Team.
Deputy Wade and K9 Hondo have been assigned to the STOP DWI unit working late evenings. They will be available to assist where the need for a K9 presents itself. After a short time working patrol Deputy Wade and K9 Hondo will head back to school this summer to attend Canine Narcotics Detection School where their goal is to certify as a dual purpose K9 team as a Patrol Tracking and Narcotics Detection K9.