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K-9 Emergency Medical Course For Law Enforcement 
“How To Care For Your Canine Partner”

 Troy- Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office hosted a Canine First Aid and Trauma Training class Friday that attracted K9 Handlers from seven different law enforcement agencies across the Capital Region. The class was specifically designed for professional “working dog” handlers and emergency rescue personnel who may respond to canine health emergencies while in the field.

Veterinarian David Stone, of Bloomingrove Veterinary Hospital, in North Greenbush NY volunteered his professional expertise.  The 4 hour presentation focused on teaching handlers the skills needed when service dogs are injured in the line of duty.

Dr. Stone demonstrated how to splint legs and bandage “wounds” on Officer Sandy Blodgett’s K-9, a black lab named Obie. The doctor performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the life-saving procedure used to help dogs that have stopped breathing and/or lost a heart beat on a canine CPR training manikin. He explained that the CPR performed on dogs is very similar to the procedure used on humans: the technique involves clearing the airway, administering artificial breaths, and maintaining circulation of blood to the heart. Dr. Stone also taught handlers how to administer life saving medications, such as Narcan, the reversal drug used if a dog on duty accidentally inhales an opioid.

The seminar also covered non emergency topics. 

Dr. Stone covered best practices in maintaining overall good canine health including nutrition, diet and exercise. The course stressed the importance of annual medical check-ups and how to recognizing illnesses and the warning signs for diseases.  Lyme, which is a tick born disease and Bloat, a deadly gastric dilatation where the stomach becomes distended with gas and fluids are more common diseases found amongst dogs today.

This training program was developed to provide K-9 handlers with the know how to handle emergency medical care for sick or injured dogs. Officers in attendance came from the Sheriff’s Offices of Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Washington, Fulton Counties as well as the Guilderland Police Department. Participants were all honored and grateful to have Dr. Stone provide such valuable information and training.

Sheriff’s Office Participates in New LEADership Program to Combating Gangs in Troy

TROY, N.Y. – Rensselaer County Deputies Jeff Russo and Jim Phelps will participate in the new LEADership – Legal Education and Decision-making – Project, announced by the U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Troy leaders, in an effort to combat gangs and keep students from joining them.


The LEADership Project is part of a federal, state and local effort to root out gang affiliation. The project is a crime prevention program teaching students skills which will help them to avoid gangs, drugs and violence, and lead productive, law abiding lives.

For the rest of the 2015 school year, 224 fifth graders in Troy will be getting some special visitors in their classrooms.  36 law enforcement personnel from 18 different agencies will be showing students the human face of the law and will lead sessions on topics like victim impact and understanding the judicial system. The focus is to build relationships between our youth and law enforcement, while developing mutual understanding and trust.

Law enforcement professionals have volunteered to be LEADership instructors and will


·         Meet with the 224 fifth graders in the Troy School District 4 times between now and the end of the year;

·         Let the children get to know them as people, not just adults they see in uniforms but as individuals dedicated to keeping them and their communities safe;

·         Teach them about the criminal justice system, and how it deals with delinquency, criminal conduct and sentencing;

·         Learn about victim impact panels and community accountability boards and the consequences of both good and bad decision-making;

·         Hear from the children about how they feel and what they hope to become as they get older; and

·         Foster relationships between our youth and law enforcement, while developing a sense of mutual understanding and trust in the communities we serve.


Why are we focusing on fifth graders? 


·         When this program was conducted three years ago in Albany, 84% of the fifth grade students said it was very important to them to have help to stay away from gangs. 

·         While 98% told us they were not in a gang, 14% said they had already been asked to be in a gang,

·         and 73% have friends who are in a gang (post student survey 2011-12). 

·         Prevention research tells us that having friends in gangs is a risk factor for future involvement in gangs and delinquent behaviors (CDC and Prevention – Injury Prevention & Control: Division of Violence Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/youthviolence/riskprotectivefactors.html ).

·         Gang involvement is “knocking at their door” at this age, and we need to provide all the support possible to help them resist.


K-9 Officer Sandy Blodgett and Kilo

K-9 Deputy Sandy Blodgett of the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office is honored for 30 years of dedicated service. Deputy Blodgett was sworn in as a deputy/corrections officer in 1985 and was utilized in both corrections and highway patrol. In 1988 she was appointed full time to highway patrol and in ‘89 became the first female K-9 Officer for the Sheriff’s Office. For the past 13 years Blodgett has been one of the leading trainers for the Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement K-9 teams throughout Albany’s Capital Region in police tracking and narcotic detection.



Hudson Valley Community College Student Is Awarded
New York State Sheriff’s Association Institute, Inc. Criminal Justice Scholarship
Rensselaer County Undersheriff Pat Russo presented Matt Hopper, a criminal justice major at Hudson Valley Community College, the New York State Sheriff’s Association (NYSSA) Institute’s 2015 Criminal Justice Scholarship.

Every year NYSSA awards academically outstanding full-time students majoring in criminal justice or police science a $250 scholarship while attending a community college in New York State. 

“I want to thank NYSSA for supporting these students and HVCC for the opportunity to meet Matt Hopper,” said Undersheriff Pat Russo.  “Matt is very enthusiastic about his future, his focus and hard work will take him a long way in law enforcement. While speaking to him he expressed his intent to continue his education and to pursue his career in criminal justice.”

(photo left to right)

Professor Shawna Addison
HVCC, chair of Awards Committee,
Matt Hopper
Rensselaer County Undersheriff Pat Russo




D.A.R.E. Drug Abuse Resistance Education graduation ceremony was held at Rensselaer Park Elementary, DARE Officer Russo and Lansingburgh SchoolLansingburgh, NY on February 6th. Students were awarded certificates of completion from Rensselaer County’s Deputy Russo. The D.A.R.E. program teaches students good decision-making skills to help those lead safe and responsible lives. The new curriculum of D.A.R.E. (Define, Assess, Respond, Evaluate) focuses more on decision-making processes and how to apply that to any aspect of life.
(Photo: Deputy Russo, Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino, winning students for best essay and best overall in class)



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