The New York State Police K-9 unit graduates

One K-9 was from Troop A

ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - The K-9 unit for the New York State Troopers received their graduation certificates Friday during a ceremony in Albany. 

15 dogs and their handlers graduated from canine handler basic school, which takes 20 weeks to complete. One of those dogs was from Troop A, which is headquartered in Batavia. 

During the course, the dogs are trained in specific fields such as tracking missing and wanted people, finding narcotics, and looking for explosives. The dogs are also trained to keep their handlers safe. 

"I feel like I've accomplished a new level in my career," said Trooper David Ziemba, with Troop A. "I want to see what he's capable of and what I'm capable of. Both of us as a team."
 
New York State now, officially, has the largest canine unit in the nation. The first day of work for the graduates will be Monday. 

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