MEXICO, NY – Oswego County BOCES students in the Public Safety and Justice program recently had a visit from New York State Trooper Paul Carney and his canine, Mick.
Carney and Mick, from Troop D out of Pulaski, stopped by the classroom to talk to the students about career options with the New York State Police.
Students learned about the examination, training, and other requirements necessary to becoming a New State Trooper and a canine handler.
Carney talked about the rigorous 20-week training program he endured with Mick at the state-of-the-art training facility in Cooperstown.
Mick, originally from the Czech Republic, is specialized in detecting explosives, tracking, and handler protection.
As a demonstration for the students, Carney hid trinitrotoluene (TNT) flakes in the classroom and walked the students through his typical search procedure and how explosive detection canines differ from narcotics detection canines.
Within minutes, Mick detected the small sealed jar of the chemical compound in one of the cabinets in the classroom.
For a second demonstration, Public Safety and Justice instructor Mark Bender (in a heavily padded dog-bite suit weighing more than 35 pounds) allowed Mick to demonstrate how a canine aids in criminal apprehension.
For more information about Career and Technical Education including the Public Safety and Justice Program offered at Oswego County BOCES, call 963-4313 or visit www.oswegoboces.org