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Law Enforcement K-9 Units

K9 Joe portrait
Photographed by Debrah H. Muska/Animal Images

The K9 Unit is a vital force of highly trained ECOs and their K9 partners stationed throughout New York State. Each team, comprised of a handler and their dog, has a geographic territory where they are responsible for the preservation, protection, and enhancement of the state's fish, wildlife, and environment. In addition to these duties, the Unit aids in locating poachers and hidden evidence, tracking people, and assisting other agencies. The job requires commitment to the K9 Unit, the ability to work well with others, and use good tactical judgment.


More about Law Enforcement K-9 Units:

  • An Overview Of The K-9 Unit - The K-9 Unit is a vital force of highly-trained officers and their K-9 partners stationed throughout New York State.
  • K9 Unit: Duties and Responsibilities - The highly trained teams of handlers and service dogs are used in tracking, locating poachers and baiters, searches, evidence location, and many other activities.
  • K-9 Unit Public Relations - All ECO dog handlers and K-9s are required to participate in public relations with K-9 demonstrations and talks to various groups
  • K9 Training - All ECO Dog Handlers and K-9s attend a one week K-9 In-Service School each year.
  • K-9 Unit Equipment - Each Environmental Conservation Police Officer K-9 Handler is issued special equipment in order to do their jobs as efficiently and as effectively as possible.
  • Roster and Team Stats - K-9 Handlers for NYSDEC.
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