Skip to comments.Eight Canines Join Ranks of MTA Police Department (NY, NJ, CT)
Posted on 06/17/2013 2:56:23 PM PDT by CedarDave
Eight eager and well-trained canines joined by their human partners entered the ranks of the MTA Police Departments Canine Unit at a graduation ceremony held on Friday, June 14, 2013, in Grand Central Terminal. The canines, who are roughly 1½ years old and are German Shepherds or German Shepherd/Belgian Shepherd mixes, completed an intensive 14-week course with their human partners in which they learned all aspects of explosives detection, recognition and handling. The MTA K-9 Unit is believed to be the largest such force in the nation, with 50 canines in service.
The MTA PD canines are one of our most valuable resources, said MTA Police Chief Michael Coan. Last year, our canine teams responded to over 24,000 calls for service and cleared 2,200 unattended packages while maintaining a watchful presence patrolling our terminals, stations and trains.
Each canine forms a deep emotional bond with his or her police partner. Each pair not only works together for life, but they live together as well.
By tradition, MTA canines are named after law enforcement officers or members of the armed forces who have lost their lives in recent years. At the graduation ceremony, each canine team was united with the families of each canines namesake.
These are the eight new canine graduates:
Mikey named in memory of MTA Police Officer Michael Aurisano. (His partner is MTA Police Officer Jason Wharton.)
Stiehl named in memory of MTA Police Lieutenant Kristin Stiehl Murray. (His partner is MTA Police Officer Joseph DeVito.)
Glen named In Memory of NYPD Police Officer Glen Pettit. (His partner is MTA Police Officer James Finn.)
George named in memory of NYPD Police Officer George Wong. (His partner is MTA Police Officer Allan Fong.)
Buck named in memory of Lance Corporal Gregory T. Buckley Jr. of the U.S. Marine Corp. USMC 3rdBattalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune North Carolina. (His partner is MTA Police Officer Joseph Terracciano.)
Geo named In Memory of Staff Sergeant Jorge M. Oliveira of the U.S. Army 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, 50th Brigade Combat Team. (His partner is MTA Police Officer Nelson Hernandez.)
Jake named in memory of Specialist Jacob Fletcher of the U.S. Army Company C, 2nd Battalion Airborne, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Camp Ederle, Italy. (His partner is MTA Police Officer Richard Johnson.)
Matty named in memory of Specialist Matthew E. Baylis of the U.S. Army 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Division, Fort Carson. (His partner is MTA Police Officer Eric Heimbauer.)
The MTA Police Department is responsible for patrolling the stations, trains, tracks and facilities of the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and Staten Island Railway.
A tradition I hadn't heard of. No doubt bittersweet for family members of the deceased.
Photos at the link:
A department spokesman commented: “Today we found ourselves in a target rich environment, and were very successful. Recruitment for the replacement canine team will begin tomorrow.”
They kill one of our dogs, it’s “normal”. We kill one of their dogs, it’s “trouble”.