The Saugerties Police Department recently welcomed a new addition to their team. Police say their new team member, Mikey, will be able to bring safety and security to a whole new level. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Jessica Chen explains.
SAUGERTIES, N.Y. -- High energy and spunk, these two traits make one and a half year old Mikey, a promising addition to the Saugerties Police Department.
"You want a K-9 with a high drive, but not too aggressive," said Police Chief Joseph Sinagra.
He said Mikey will soon be trained as a bomb sniffing K-9 for Ulster and Greene County.
His handler, Officer Jeremy Rushkoski said his new partner comes at a time when the area will see an influx of visitors, come summer.
"Between the Fourth of July and the garlic festival and the upcoming concert at the Winston Farm, it’s going to be a real big asset to have an explosives dog right on site," said Rushkoski.
Chief Sinagra said Mikey will be stationed in places like the parking lot to weed out any suspicious devices during large events. He said terrorism is always in the back of their minds.
"It just takes one person who is just not mentally right to take a look at this as an opportunity to make a statement," said Sinagra.
He said the police department was recently awarded $50,000 by the New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services, which allowed them to bring Mikey onboard.
And in just a few months, Sinagra said Mikey will be sent to Cooperstown to receive a labor intensive training.
"It’s very labor intensive for the K-9 themselves when they have to go through these searches because usually we require them to search very large areas and we want them to search those areas quickly," said Sinagra.