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K-9 Unit

The Colonie Police Department K-9 Unit originated in 1978 with the acquisition of a dual-purpose German K-9 SampsonShepherd trained in patrol functions as well as narcotic detection to assist officers in their regular course of duties as well as serve as a crime prevention tool.  The K-9’s ability to locate hidden contraband or a hidden suspect can save the officer’s time and their exposure to potentially life threatening situations.  The team is a normal patrol unit and will respond to routine calls for service as well as perform their specialized duties as a K-9 team. 

The K-9 Unit is utilized for the following:

The Colonie Police Department currently has one K-9 team – K9 Vader and his partner, Officer Gerald Shaw.  The team is certified in both Patrol and Narcotics Detection by The NYS Dept. of Criminal Justice Services.  In addition to the performing the above tasks, the K-9 team also participates in many demonstrations for the public and students in the Town. 

The Colonie Police K-9 Unit has seen much community support and has been the recipient of generous donations. 

Colonie Police Department K-9 Teams:

K-9 Baron

Officer Bruce Harper

1978 – 1985

K-9 Dusty

Investigator James Gerace

1981 – 1994

K-9 Randy

Officer Joseph Fitzsimmons

1981 – 1991

K-9 Emir

Officer Michael Cerone

1990 – 1998

K-9 Zar

Officer Jeffrey Hellkamp

1994 – 1999

K-9 Sampson

Officer Christopher Ruff    

1995 – 2003

K-9 Dallas

Investigator Alexander Rinaldi

1995 – 2000

K-9 Hano

Officer Jeffrey Hellkamp    

1999 – 2004

K-9 Beny

Officer Gerald Shaw

2003 – 2013

K-9 Patriot

Officer Mark Mauro

2004 – 2011

K-9 Vader

Officer Gerald Shaw

2013 – Present