The Town of Poughkeepsie Police K-9 Unit was started in 1993 with the team of K-9 Kiowa and Officer Mike Burger. K-9 Kiowa and Officer Burger completed a very successful 8 year career together in 2002. K-9 Beamer was purchased after the retirement of K-9 Kiowa. K-9 Beamer and Officer Burger retired in 2008. K-9 Hudson was added to the unit in 2001 and was partnered with Officer Joseph Chorba. K-9 Hudson retired upon the promotion of Officer Chorba to Detective in 2008. Officer Mikelic’s partner, K-9 Reagan, retired July 2015. Officer Marino’s partner, K-9 Robbie, retired in 2016. Our current team consists of Officer Mikelic and his partner K-9 Kyle and Officer Marino and his partner K-9 Zhar.
Our K-9’s are New York State certified police dogs. In order to maintain their certification they must train on a continual basis. The teams certify with the Eastern Police Canine Association and the United States Police Canine Association on a yearly basis. They also train each month with other local K-9 units.
The Town of Poughkeepsie Police K-9 Unit has an excellent working relationship with area police agencies and is often called to assist these agencies as the need arises. The unit has been very successful in its detection of crime and apprehension of criminals. The unit has had success in locating fleeing suspects within the town and when assisting other local agencies, including the Village of Wappingers Falls, the City of Poughkeepsie and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.
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