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November 17, 2012

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Six visitors from the Ukraine toured the canine training facility in Cooperstown to learn more about canines and law enforcement. The guests were from the Ukraine’s border control and customs agencies, and while in Cooperstown, troopers led canine demonstrations and answered questions about training methods, the release from troopers said. 

As part of the U.S. Department of State’s Visitor Leadership Program, the guests were traveling across the country to learn about the selection and training of dogs and handlers. 

The state police created its canine division in 1975. The unit started with three handler teams and has grown to almost 70.

The handlers and their dogs train for 20 weeks at the Cooperstown facility. The dogs are trained using the Baltimore Method, the release said, allowing dogs to be sociable around the public and live in the handler’s residence.

The teams are instructed in basic obedience, agility, handler protection, narcotics or explosives detection, tracking, building searches, veterinary first aid and land navigation. After graduation, teams must receive re-certification bi-annually at the training facility.

The next class of handler teams will graduate late this month. Participants include troopers and graduates from the Schenectady Police Department, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office and the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office.

The public school in Delhi has a new name — officially.

The school district has received a signed copy of Bill 6513 that changed its name to Delaware Academy Central School District at Delhi. The bill was signed Aug. 21 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the district’s website said.

Previously, the school had been known as Delhi Central School and Delaware Academy.

Denise Richardson can be reached at 432-1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext. 213, or at

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