Seneca Co. Gradution of Deputy and Newest K-9

Seneca County Sheriff Jack S. Stenberg announced today that Deputy John Fowler, a six year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and K-9 “Izak” recently completed and graduated from an eight week, 320 hour, Patrol and Tracking School hosted by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. “Deputy Fowler and “Izak” underwent intensive training teaching K-9’s and their handlers how to effectively and safely track crime suspects, routine patrol operations and handler protection”, said Sheriff Stenberg.“With the addition of Deputy Fowler and “Izak” to our K-9 unit the two complement, Deputy Eldredge and K-9 “Ato” in providing the citizens of Seneca County with two additional crime fighting tools. “Ato” certified as a Narcotics Detector has been used hundreds of times in and outside of Seneca County for suspect tracking and drug detection work.K-9 “IZAK”, is a long haired Black German Shepard from the Czech Republic. “IZAK” is currently 20 months old. “IZAK” is cross trained in bomb detection and tracking and recently completed his basic explosive detector training at the Onondaga County Sheriff’s office.Purchased under a Federal Homeland Security Grant, K-9 “Izak” will soon be certified as a Bomb Detector K-9.This special certified training teaches “IZAK” to alert on several odors consistent with bomb components and bomb devices.K-9 “IZAK” and his partner, Deputy John Fowler are a welcome addition to the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and add an important capability in bomb detection to the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office. K-9 “IZAK” is the only bomb detector dog in Seneca County. Both “IZAK” and “ATO” live with their partner handler and their families.Sheriff Jack S. Stenberg, Undersheriff Gary S. Sullivan joined Deputy Fowler’s family at the graduation ceremony in Rome, New York on May 28, 2010 held by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.

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