The Sheriff's Office Criminal Division K9 Teams number 5 dogs and handlers. The teams are:
Deputy James Slinsky & K9 Farrell
Farrell is Deputy Slinsky’s second service dog . Farrell was imported from Holland by Upstate K9. K9 Farrell is named after Sgt. Shawn M. Farrell II of Accord who died on April 24, 2014 while serving our country in Afghanistan. Deputy Slinsky and K9 Farrell graduated from patrol school in November 2015 and narcotics detection school in the spring of 2016. Deputy Slinksy also serves as a New York State certified K9 trainer and examiner for patrol, narcotics detection and explosives detection.
Deputy James Mullen & K9 Jack
The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office purchased K-9 Jack, a 10 month old Black Labrador in 2017 . K-9 Jack was named after Captain Jack Rose of the Mount Marion Fire Department who lost his life fighting a fire in December 2015. K-9 Jack is certified in Basic and Advanced Narcotics Detection, which pertains to marihuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamines, hashish, heroin, black heroin, and ecstasy and is certified in Patrol Tracking. K-9 Jack and his handler are currently assigned to( URGENT) Ulster Regional Gang and Narcotics Task Force.
Deputy Kyle Frano & K9 Dozer
In 2013, Deputy Frano and Dozer became certified in Basic and Advanced Narcotics Detection, which pertains to marihuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamines, hashish, heroin, black heroin, and ecstasy. That year, they also completed the K9 Patrol/Tracking School for tracking, article searching, and patrol functions for handler protection, area searching, building searching, and obedience control.
K9 Dozer is Deputy Frano's first police service dog. Dozer was purchased through donations received from a local Iron Workers' union and the assistance of the Ulster County Sheriff's Foundation. Deputy Frano and K9 Dozer are currently working the dayshift and trains with the Ulster County Emergency Response Team.
Deputy Josh Caliendo & K-9 Kwin
Deputy Caliendo is one of two of our most recently selected handlers. His partner is a 2 year old German Shepherd imported from Holland through Upstate K-9. K-9 Kwin was named after one of our members who tragically died during a dive training accident in September of 2016. Deputy Caliendo & K-9 Kwin graduated Patrol school in June of 2017 and Narcotics Detection school in November of 2017.His current assignment is the evening shift.
Deputy Collin Reynolds & K-9 Talon
Deputy Reynolds is also one of our most recently selected handlers. His partner is a 2 year old German Shepherd imported from Holland through Upstate K-9 as well. K-9 Talon Deputy Reynolds and & K-9 Talon also graduated Patrol school in June of 2017 and Narcotics Detection school in November of 2017. His current assignment is the overnight shift.