The Patrol Station K-9 Unit consists of Deputy Sheriff Patrick Strollo and K-9 George. George has been with Sheriff’s Office for a year now and has been requested to respond in one way or another to almost every city, town or village in the Albany County. He has also been requested to assist law enforcement agencies in surrounding counties as well. George has searched for prowlers in the Town of Berne, sniffed vehicles for drugs and tracked fugitives in Coeymans and also tracked suicidal subjects and sniffed for drugs hidden in vehicles in the Town of New Scotland. The K-9 Unit has responded to numerous burglaries in an attempt to track and locate the criminals who committed the burglary. George has found hidden drugs in cars in the Towns of Guilderland, Colonie and Bethlehem as well as in the Village of Voorheesville and the City of Watervliet. The unit was also requested to assist other K-9 units with checking school lockers in Schoharie County. In addition to these responses assistance was also rendered in finding missing hikers in the Town of Rensselaerville. He has also responded to burglar alarms to check for intruders. George assisted US Customs Agents and the Department of Homeland Security with checking airplanes for drugs at the Albany International Airport. On October 19th, Deputy Strollo and K-9 George responded to the City of Troy, along with other members of the Albany County Sheriff’s Office and several other police agencies. These units assisted with crowd control during a potentially hazardous situation when over 500 SUNY Albany students were dropped off in Troy with no venue to go to due to scheduling errors.
This year the K-9 Unit has also responded to many community policing events, including the annual Paws in the Park fundraiser for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society at Siena College, Albany County Family Court’s - take your kids to work day, the Young Marines even at Christian Brothers Academy, as well as events for the local Girl Scouts, March of Dimes and the Albany County Sheriff's Office Explorers Post 043.
Albany County Sheriff Craig D. Apple, Sr. is pleased to announce the addition of a second K-9 to the Sheriff’s Office. The Albany County Sheriff’s Office was awarded a Federal grant which has paid for the K-9, training and equipment. Deputy Sheriff Joseph Martel was selected as the handler of the new K-9, a German shepherd, and has successfully completed the twenty (20) week New York State Police K-9 training academy. The K-9 has been named “Mo” in honor of retired Senior Investigator Maureen McGuire-Honikel. Maureen was known to most by her nickname, “Mo.” She began her extensive career with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office in the late 1970s. She served as a Deputy Sheriff, Sergeant, Investigator and Senior Investigator. Senior Investigator Honikel came from a large family of law enforcement officers. She was highly respected among her peers in Federal, State and local law enforcement communities and was an extremely dedicated officer. Senior Investigator Maureen McGuire-Honikel died in November 2011 from brain cancer. K-9 Mo has been trained specifically in explosive detection and tracking. Mo and his handler will be assigned to the Albany County Judicial Center and the Albany International Airport and made available to other police agencies.