Department of Environmental Conservation

D E C banner

Roster and Team Stats

Current K9 Unit squad

The K9 Unit is currently comprised of 8 ECOs and their K9 partners. The officers patrol and work in seven of the nine regions of New York State.

The statistics for each K-9 Unit member is listed below:

T/Sgt Keith Isles and K9 Major

Name: T/Sgt. Keith L. Isles

Partner: K-9 Shamey

Region: 4/Schoharie County

Notes: T/Sgt Isles is the K-9 Unit Program Coordinator.
He joined the K-9 Unit in 1986 and is currently handling his fourth K9, "Shamey" who is named in recognition of Lt. Bill Shamey.

As the Division K-9 Instructor, T/Sgt. Isles ensures all of the K-9s are properly trained and certified.

ECO Scott Steingart and K9 Buck

Name: ECO Scott Steingart

Partner: K9 Buck

Region: 3/Sullivan County

Notes: ECO Steingart joined the K9 unit in 2006. Buck is the State's first Trout detection K9.

ECO Mike Arp and K9 Warden

Name: ECO Michael Arp

Partner: K9 Warden

Region: 4/Greene County

Notes: ECO Arp and Warden joined the K9 Unit in 2006

ECO Steve de la Rosa and K9 Gunner

Name: ECO Steve de la Rosa

Partner: K-9 Gunner

Region: 5/Essex County

Notes: ECO Steve de la Rosa joined the K-9 Unit in 1992 and is currently handling his third K-9.

ECO Corey Schoonover and K9 Griz

Name: ECO Corey Schoonover

Partner: K9 Griz

Region: 6/Herkimer County

Notes: ECO Schoonover joined the K9 Unit in 2006

ECO Armstrong and K-9 Nitro

Name: ECO Brett Armstrong

Partner: K-9 Nitro

Region: 7/Chenango County

Notes: ECO Brett Armstrong joined the K-9 Unit in 2004. This is his first K-9.

ECO Brazauskas and K-9 Jazz

Name: ECO Mike Brazauskas

Partner: K-9 Lasar

Region: 8/Schuyler County

Notes: ECO Mike Brazauskas joined the K-9 Unit in 1992. He is currently handling his third K9.

ECO Hunt and K-9 Matz

Name: ECO Jim Hunt

Partner: K-9 Matz

Region: 9/Wyoming County

Notes: ECO Jim Hunt joined the K-9 Unit in 2004. Matz is his first K-9 and is named in recognition of T/Sgt. Richard W. Matzell, Ret., founder of the K-9 Unit.


  • Important Links
  • Contact for this Page
  • NYSDEC
    Division of Law Enforcement
    625 Broadway
    Albany, NY
    12233-2500
    518-408-5850
    Send us an email
  • This Page Covers
  • Page applies to all NYS regions